Have you abandoned some creative project that still
retains a lot of juice? Return to it with optimism, an open heart, and a firm belief in renewed possibility!
Ask yourself, What writing projects have I started, but did not finish or have not worked on in a while? Most writers have a project—or two or three—that has been sitting in the vast memory space of our computers, left untouched for too long. Pick the one that calls to you the most. If you start with a project you feel strongly about, you’re much more likely to stick with it. Once you have that project in mind, sit down and start back at it. Even though that can be harder than it
When returning to a writing project, understand that you have to
You may find that you need to go back through what you already wrote and make significant changes—because people change.
You are not the same person you were when you first worked on the project.
Your likes and dislikes may have changed, so something you wrote months ago may not be what you want to say now. You will always
With each word you write, you become more experienced in your own process.
Take the time to look back as objectively as possible on what you have already written and acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of the piece. I know
What advice would you give that writer?
How have they succeeded in their writing and what may need more attention? Then step back inside yourself and take to heart all the advice you have just received.
Being aware that
Be realistic about your restart. Even though completing the project might be your
Know that your first day back at a previously abandoned writing project is about showing up.
That is what you are striving for first. After you have gotten back into your writing rhythm, you will find the success you seek.
With permission from Dr. Eric Maisel, The 97 Best Creativity Tips Ever! (2011) was the inspiration for this post.
Bonnie Snow was an intern with Around the Writer’s Table, working toward a graduate certificate in publishing and editing while in her senior year at Florida State University. She
Gina Edwards is a retreat leader, a certified creativity coach, and a book editor. She is also a writer, so she’s intimately familiar with the challenges and elation that come with being one.
She supports all writers—published and aspiring—who want to write as an act of courageous and necessary self-expression.
Walking the writer’s path hand-in-hand with her clients and students, she helps them establish a writing practice and define a creative life on their own terms.