I Almost Forgot I Was a Writer

July 25, 2011

It's been three weeks since I've touched my MS or read something for my critique partners. I haven't even thought about my MS. Haven't read any writing blogs. Barely have I solcialized with my twitter writer peeps. I've barely even read a book! Between kids being home for summer and vacations, writing times are tough. Now that I am home, I will try to resume to normal. ("Try" being the operative word. Until kids are out of my hair, that may be near impossible.)

Being away from my craft for so long, I almost forgot I was a writer. It's a silly notion to think one could forget. It's like leaving house without your shoes. Not likely but possible. How do you forget? It's this thing called life and it can get carried away and keep preoccupied.

Now that I am home and I have three seconds to ponder my story a bit, this warm fuzzy feeling stirs in my gut. I get a little tingly thinking about what I need to sit down a work on next. This tiny realization rushes over me as I remember... I'm a writer. It feels like home, to settle myself firmly into a writing frame of mind. Like burrowing your feet deeply into the warm sandy beach and knowing this is the place you really want to be.

How about you, do you ever forget you are writer?

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  1. Not lately, but I will forget about my WIP on a regular basis. I hate it when I do that. I am not the write every day kind of person. I should be, but I'm not.

  2. I've definitely had those moments (read: months). It's been several months since I communed with any other writers online, and I didn't do much writing either. It was very sad.

  3. Karen I've done that too. Forgetting my MS but this time, I've set my entire writing life to the side for so long that the writer in me felt like a second personality. It's nice to have myself whole again.

    Dominique, Months I can see, especially over the summer (as a stay at home mom, having the kids at home takes a lot of entertaining) I think we all go in social waves, with our twitter time and blogging. It's the nature of writers I believe.

  4. Usually summer is when I'm at my most productive, but this one has been nuts! I'm just getting back in the daily writing saddle, and man oh man, it feels great. The great thing about writing is that it is always there waiting for you.

  5. ...I've tried to forget at times, but it's a moot gesture. When too much time passes, I get grouchy, and before long my wife insists that I sit my butt down, drum my fingers over the keyboard, and begin anew ;)


  6. I get grouchy too, Elliot! It's like my sanity time (or insane if I'm editing) but I have to get out of me. It's like the creativity beast has to be released.

  7. That happens to me all too often! *cringe* But for now I can at least blame it on summer. :)

  8. Hi Dana:

    Found you through a comment on Nicole's blog, and am glad I did. Always nice to find other writers who struggle with the same things I do.
    Summer is the worst. All the family happenings seem to pull us away from the keyboards. That's not a bad thing, at all, except it leaves a pang of guilt in my writer's soul. Oh, well. Maybe that's why they invented fall, winter, and spring.

    Love your blog. Consider me a new follower.

  9. Bryce, I actually love it when other writers seem to struggle with the same issues I do. It makes me feel like I'm on the right path. THanks for following. I promise to come back to blogging once kids are in school.


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