IWSG – Trying To Get My Groove Back

It’s August. I’m back for another IWSG posting day after taking July off for my daughter’s wedding. It went off smoothly and the couple is happily married. Now it’s time to try and get back to work.

Try is really the word doing a lot of heavy lifting. We are 8 months into the year and I’m still without a completed project. Back in June I thought switching gears would help, but I mostly toyed around with the ideas and covers for books I’ve not written yet. Last month I pretty much called it a wash and didn’t even bother. Between the wedding and a conference I attended, I knew words would be even harder to come by.

With school starting (today) and no other big family functions to deal with, I need to get my groove back. Find my writing mojo. Basically finish at least one project by December. I would love to publish something, but at this late in the game, I have to realistically let go of that hope. The full I started is sitting at around 30k and still out on submission. The end word count needs to be around 75k for the line I’m hoping it gets accepted for. The novella I attempted to switch gears to in June is at maybe 2k. Since I don’t plan, I’m not sure where the final word count will be, but it needs to get to a minimum of 25k to match the other novellas I’ve written.

So how do I find the focus that has eluded me for 8 months? Good freaking question. I’ve been trying to figure out what made last year so different for me, production wise. What was it that let me accomplish releasing 3 full length books in one year? I’ve been trying to determine what is different this year from last. Yes, I had some hiccups last year, but somehow I managed to stay focused enough to do what I needed to do. The stark contrast has me wondering if last year was a fluke. 

Did I use up all my mojo?

Will I be able to complete anything else?

Why am I seemingly broken?

Just a few of the self-doubt questions I battle with the longer I go without being productive. So how to duct tape that voice and get my groove back? Honestly, I don’t know. At some point I feel like I need to dig deep, and just bulldoze through. But I know I have to also find a way to fully lean into the knowledge that I have over my ability. I KNOW I can get the words down and the projects finished. I have to keep reminding myself of that as I pick up again with the temporarily abandoned project.

I feel like I’m talking in circles which is probably the case considering my state of mind. So, that’s all I have for this month. Hopefully next month I’ll have a more coherent post.

Until next time,

~Meka

The awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tara Tyler, Lisa Buie Collard, Loni Townsend, and Lee Lowery!

15 thoughts on “IWSG – Trying To Get My Groove Back

  1. nancygideon says:

    I think we’re running in that same circle – always busy but not accomplishing. Time to pick a battle and take it head on. I’ve got a RS waiting for those last 10K words but I can’t seem to get the momentum going. Just about to head to one of my critique partner’s for a couple of weeks to get that sucker done. Just stepping away for a bit could do the trick. Here’s hoping for the both of us!

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    • Meka James says:

      I’m hoping it comes back sooner rather than later. I was gaining a tiny bit of momentum with readers and such and my backlist isn’t big enough to hold for long. LOL

      thanks for stopping by

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  2. Loni Townsend says:

    I think life has a way of thwarting us when it gets busy–and an offspring’s wedding certainly seems like it’d consume some brain cycles. I know that’s how it works for me. When I’m not juggling all my kid duties, the words flow easier. I hope the words start flowing again for you!

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    • Meka James says:

      oh 100%. Trying to keep things together for her and keep her stress level down, while also taking care of the 3 still at home, it’s a lot. I’m hoping that now that everything is starting to settle I’ll be able to get back to it.

      thanks for stopping by

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  3. Diane Burton says:

    Planning a wedding (even if daughter was doing the work) took a lot of your focus this year. I’m sure other things did, too. I felt like I was running in circles, too, this year. After publishing 2-3 books a year, I haven’t had a new release since 2019. It’s slowly coming back. I’ll have one new release before the end of the year if it kills me. LOL Your mojo will come back. Focus on one little thing at a time. Good luck.

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    • Meka James says:

      It did take a lot of focus. She very much wanted me to be part of the process and I did all I could to help out and make her day a good one. I’m glad you’re getting your mojo back! Being in a slump is never fun. Good luck with getting a book out this year. Cheering you on!

      thanks for stopping by

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  4. J.S. Pailly says:

    I had a family emergency last year that disrupted all my writing plans. It dragged on for months and months. My writing is still recovering from that, but it is recovering, and yours will will too. Give yourself some time, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and the writing will come back—if I could go back in time, that’s the advice I’d give my past self.

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    • Meka James says:

      I hope all is well now with the family. I had such a routine last year, and I’ve stuck with it this year as well, but there was way more mind clutter to contend with. I’m trying to be kind with myself, but it’s sometimes easier said than done. Good luck to you on the rest of the year.

      thanks for stopping by

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  5. Miffie Seideman says:

    I think a lot of us lost our mojo this past year-hopefully temporarily. We have all expected so much of ourselves through the whole covid (et al) thing, and kept heads down ploughing forward. Maybe just a little time away form writing to stop pushing yourself, to rejuvenate the creative mindset would be a good option. It has often helped me- like a mini brain vacation.

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    • Meka James says:

      Yes! the self induced pressure is real. Trying to write through all the obstacles. I pretty much took all of July off from even attempting to write. My plan is to ease back in and hope the spark gets lit.

      thanks for stopping by!

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  6. S.E. White says:

    I’m sorry. Such a frustrating feeling! Maybe your brain and creativity are taking a little break after three books in a year. Possibly if you just lean into the whole break thing and give the muse what it wants, the creativity will come back? Give it a month or two to relax, and come back refreshed. I dunno, just throwing out ideas.

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    • Meka James says:

      LOL it’s time for my brain to get back from break! I took off from writing September of last year to give myself a break, got to use to it I suppose. Going to see if I can ease back into it by reading what I have written so far this year and hope the muse decides she’s ready to return to work.

      thanks for stopping by

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