At the beginning of this year my life got busier. It's all good things, nothing bad. And the extra busyness is temporary (I hope). But, needless to say, it has put a cramp in my writing output.
This cramp led to some frustrations. When I got back from my Christmas break I just couldn't get back in my groove. It seemed like something was always getting in the way of cranking out my 850 words (daily goal in 2014).
I was forced to take a step back. I love writing but it's not my primary source of income. And I realized that the frustration I felt was sucking all the enjoyment I gleaned from the process.
It wasn't worth it!
So I dropped the rigorous schedule I had built up for myself last year. That schedule worked for 2014, not 2015. I contented myself with just writing every day, word count be damned. I'm still making steady progress just maybe not as much as I used to. And I'm ok with that for right now. The joy returned when I sit down to write so I believe the decision was a good one.
Consistency is key when it comes to writing. I realized that this will probably not be the last readjustment I'll have to make. Life gets in the way but that doesn't mean the writing has to stop. Writing is a lifestyle. You make it work.