park – #WhatImWriting

Last week, after finally getting the feedback on my manuscripts I’d been waiting for, I was feeling motivated. The editors comments had given me a boost (albeit with an awareness that there was work to be done) and all your lovely comments added to that feeling – thank you! So there I was, raring to get going on the editing… revving up the engine… brum, brum, brum…


Bruuuugggggggeeeerrrrkkkk, splutter, splutter. STALL.

Oh dear. It was partly due to having loads to catch up on after a really full-on few weeks, but also because I was waiting for a decent-sized chunk of time to dedicate to the manuscripts and there just wasn’t one.

Maybe I should have used the snippets of time I had available, but it’s been a couple of months since I even looked at my picture books and really wanted to be able to devote myself to them not just dive in for the odd half hour here and there. So, I’m afraid the car stayed firmly in the garage.

I did manage a blog post on toddler conversations and the #WhatImWriting April round up though so that was something at least. Perhaps the vehicle isn’t broken, it just needs a bit of attention to get the engine purring smoothly again.

It’s been a weird week though hasn’t it? The general election result threw me (and that’s putting it politely). It’s kind of sapped me of my energy and left me questioning all sorts of things. Wondering how society fits together is not proving to be conducive to making my words fit together.

And now I can’t for the life of me work out how to finish this post. I’ve been at it for an hour (seriously, I keep typing and deleting, typing and deleting). I’ll just go. No more car metaphors, no more words.

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9 thoughts on “park – #WhatImWriting

  1. Rebecca Ann Smith

    Don’t give yourself a hard time about not being as productive this week as you’d expected – isn’t this all part of the rhythm of the work? Perhaps you need more time to reflect on the feedback you’ve been given. Reflection, pondering, working out how you feel in your own time (eg about the election) are an important part of writing, it’s not all about words on the page. In the long run, you may well look back and understand that this was a creative / productive time after all… I’m impressed that you still managed to blog, to be honest!

  2. Morgan Prince

    Oh hun, I know how you feel about the election. Ditto.

    As for writing, now that you have your comments back you could give yourself a break. Without the stress of worrying about comments you might actually be able to enjoy some time off. Go on, you deserve it. :)

  3. Mummy Tries

    Every single person I know feels this way about the election results, total shock and not a nice one. You’ll find the motivation soon lovely, it’s only been a week after all. Enjoy the break, and the glorious sunshine. HUGS xxx

  4. Rachael

    I know what you mean about the election. I felt like the air was made of treacle the next day. Everything felt heavy, wrong… Like a storm coming… Anyway. Maybe taking a break is just what you need. After a full on couple of weeks you probably need a little breathing space to clear your mind… I’m sure your motivation will be back soon! x

  5. Nicola Young

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to sit on the manuscript comments for a while and let them sink in before you decide what to do next. We all have those weeks as well, where the writing is forfeited at the expense of everything else. Like the others say, don’t beat yourself up about it. Look forward to next week!

  6. Iona@redpeffer

    Oh, I know the feeling well. I daren’t mention the election result for fear of degenerating into really bad language! And sometimes a break is needed, even when enforced. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself right now because I’m in a similar situation to you, albeit for different reasons I imagine. Hang in there x

  7. Carol Cameleon

    Finding a decent chunk of time when you’re not sapped of energy is a challenge and a half, isn’t it?! I’m sure you’ll get your zing back soon Maddy x

  8. Emily Organ

    I agree with Rebecca, sometimes those moments of processing thoughts are just as valuable as the writing itself. You just need some preparation time and you’re right, you can’t exactly pick it up and get into it with a few minutes here and there. I hope you find the time soon and certainly don’t beat yourself up about it when life gets busy x

  9. Chrissie@muddledmanuscript

    I think the election result threw just about everyone. I was full of rage (and I’m not normally bothered by this sort of thing.) It raised a lot of questions about the future of the country and what kind of outcome we can expect for our kids.
    Anyway, you still blogged and did the round up (don’t mention the round ups!) so you’re doing well. xx


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