The person who coined the phrase "it's like remembering how to ride a bicycle" was not referring to the writing process. At least, not mine.
After some thirty-five traditionally published books, writing was not just what I did, it was who I was. And after writing those books, the rhythm of story, the flow of writing a book, was part of me for good. Or so I thought.
Not that my muse faithfully remained at my side...or that every book was easy to write. But, I was able to make good progress and judge my timing of the writing process in relation to a given deadline. And then, I hit a brick wall.
My mom passed away, and that took the wind out of my sails--even though I still had several books to finish on deadlines, which I did do. But after that, I think I fell into a serious case of burn-out and didn't submit new proposals or write for over a year, or even find the motivation to keep up with my online groups--like this one. I finally did self publish three novels (out in 2014) and complete a couple of novellas--one for the Sweet Christmas Kisses anthology last year, and one for the Sweet Christmas Kisses Vol II anthology coming out this fall, and I'm now very happy to also be back under a three-book contract. But the first book of this contract was a challenge! I did lose a lot of weeks due to health problems. Plus, had unexpected travel, and managed to break my hand...and just after getting the cast off, one of our mares kicked that very spot while I was doing chores. More weeks of one-handed typing! But those things aside, it was also more challenging to simply "get back in the groove." I am so thankful to have a wonderful editor with a sharp eye for detail, so I can make the book stronger through revisions. And now, I feel a bit like a race horse at a starting gate--really excited about starting the next one!
How about you? Have you ever hit a roadblock that sent you off course--and how did you handle it? Have you found yourself at a point in your career (writing or otherwise) where you ended up heading in a totally different direction?
Roxanne's "An Irish Christmas Blessing" novella is part of the Sweet Christmas Kisses Anthology, Vol II, which will be released digitally in all formats 9/30/15.