Writing slumps happen. I just wish I wasn’t currently in the middle of one.
I didn’t have the strongest start on my draft at the beginning of the month, but after a few days, things were moving at a steady clip. I was completing scenes and figuring out how to solve all the little issues that cropped up in the outlining phase. In the process of drafting, newer stronger ideas popped up that I could incorporate into the story and replace less effective ones with. It looked like I might get this draft completed by the end of the month after all!
And then my drive completely crashed, and I went over a week without writing a single word towards my draft.
I just wasn’t feeling it. I tried sketching to get my mind back on the project, and even just to give my hands something to do. I wasn’t feeling that, either. It sucks. It’s draining. I tried spinning the “week of no words” as a week spent recharging, but that wasn’t quite the case.
It’s okay, though. It’s okay to re-evaluate expectations. Sure, I want this comic finished for October 1st, but I also have to accept that I might not meet that deadline. Missing it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but dammit, it’d still suck. That’s what’s pushing me to get back in the saddle this week and get back on track.
This slump hasn’t only affected my fiction writing. I’ve also been struggling to get blog posts done. Because of that, I’ve decided to put more focus on scripting and cut back on blog posts. Instead of every week, I’m aiming to get a post out every other week, at least for a little while. (The current goal is to get the next blog post up May 1st.)
Part of this whole process is testing the waters and figuring out the pace I work best at. Right now it feels like a crawl, but I’m going to keep on building my writing muscles. Sure, I’ve had a setback, but I’m ready to pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back to it.