Life Comes Before Writing

Sometimes the rest of life keeps us from writing, or for those who aren’t writers, from doing the other things we want to do. Sometimes that sucks. Sometimes, it’s okay. Because sometimes, we just need a little break from our writing (or other pursuits), and the fact is, experiencing life is what informs our writing. hockeyThat was the kind of week I’ve had.

My writing had already ground to a halt because I need to go back and figure out where some of the newer material I’m adding to the novel fits in, and what else is needed. And by the time I started figuring it out, life got busy. Friday night, DH and I drove out to the daughter’s college town to take her winter coats to her, which she will very much need next week. We took her and a friend out to dinner, then went to a hockey game. A good time, and we won, but it put us home rather late.

Yesterday, I had my RWA chapter meeting–always fun to see my writer friends, but also a good chunk out of my day, as it’s an hour drive each way. fire

After that, I needed to help DH clean house, to prepare for having friends over to celebrate a long-time-coming milestone: the seventh anniversary of selling the bar we used to own. Why it’s a milestone is because it means we no longer have to keep any of the paperwork for tax purposes. So we had LOTS of paperwork to get rid of. Since we don’t own an industrial-grade paper shredder, the only remaining suitable way to get rid of it was to have a bonfire–or, since we’re in city limits, two approved-size fires. We had six shopping bags full of paperwork, and it took over three hours to burn it all! But it was worth it, and great fun too.

What I read this week: I am currently beta-reading a science fiction novella a long-time friend will soon publish. And wow is it fantastic! Some fascinating aliens with some rather interesting anatomy, not to mention cultures, politics, and war–and funny twists on some sci-fi tropes. Since it is not yet published, I won’t name the book or author, but when it becomes available, you can bet I’ll announce it here, especially since the author is planning to offer it for free as an introduction to his new series. ROW80Logo175

ROW80 update: This week has been pretty much a bust for writing. No matter; I’ll get back to it this week. But before I can really get into producing more words, I need to get the story more organized and figure out which scenes go where, and what’s still needed. People who write out of order as a matter of course–I don’t know how you do it, and I am in awe! So that’s this week’s goal. On the puppy front–yes, Isis is still a puppy, though now, no one would know it to look at her. She’s now eight months old, and weighs over 80 lbs.! She doesn’t seem to realize that, however, as evidenced by this pic of her being a lapdog: Isis lapdog What about you–do you sometimes find that life takes over your want-to-do activities? Are you okay with it? That’s something I’ve had to learn. How are you doing on whatever goals you might be working toward, writing or otherwise? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Bonfire, huh? I bet that was fun.

    Don’t know if life is taking over, but my writing pretty much came to a halt, too. I’ll just blame it on the weather, or stars, or something! Especially since it appears I’m not the only one affected. Haha! 🙂

    Guess I have a new goal, though. Instead of getting the new WIP finished, I’ll work on getting my last one published. Getting the cover is sure motivating me.

  2. Unschooling means that writing must coexist with all the other pats of life.

    I used to not be OK with it, but then I realized that I write in ebbs and surges, like the ocean tides.

    In the ebbs, I need input. Tremendous amounts of it that sometimes take me away from the computer for several days in a row.

    But then, when the surge comes…

    It all works out. And, even when I’m not writing, I am. That was very useful to understand.

    Congratulations on that milestone, and making something fun of it. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun, which will not only be good story fodder, but maybe was also deeply renewing.

  3. Congratulations on finally being rid of the bar, paperwork and all!

    John Lennon said that life is what happens while you’re making other plans, or as Harlan Coben used to say, “Man plans and God laughs.” Sometimes you just have to let life happen and get back to the good stuff when you can.

  4. Jennette, I do more want-to activities than I should. As I get older I rationalize more and more that life is too short not to do what you want to do. I’ve worked hard all my life and MY time seems to happen less and less so I take advantage whenever I can.

    That said, I’m a very good organizer and I’m very disciplined so I work when I have to, get done the things that need to get done, but always find time to schedule in the want-to things as well.

    And who doesn’t love a good bonfire?

    Have a great week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. OMG, look at Isis! That is hilarious! Good timing girl. What a great pic.

    And Right On! Burn it! Yay! I bet that was a huge relief and well worth celebrating. Congratulations to you and hubby! Oh, and now guilt on the writing girl. It will come together. Life happens. 🙂

  6. Stacy, I’m glad it’s not just me! And yes, that cover would definitely be motivating, so get back to it!

    Shan, that’s exactly it! We need to experience life. The writing can come later. And yes, it does all work out!

    LOL John, so true! And thanks.

    Patricia, you are right, life is short and we need to take ME time when we can. And thanks!

    Thanks Karen! It was certainly a good feeling, seeing all that paperwork go up in smoke!

  7. I wonder if owning a bar is like owning a boat in that the best day of your life is when you acquire the thing and the even better day is when you sell it.

    Congrats on the bonfire!

  8. What a cool way to get rid of paperwork!! And yeah, I guess I’m ok when life takes over. It’s funny but the second I read your question about whether or not Im okay about that, the song, Let it Go popped into my head. So I guess that’s how my subconscious responds. 🙂
    Happy weekend.