Back in the Writing Groove



School is almost back in session. After summer break, there is a renewed energy. New friends and activities wait on the horizon. The possibilities are endless. 


As writers, we all need to take a break from our writing from time to time. I even took a brief break (for the month of July) from writing this blog. It's okay. No one is going to arrest you for stepping away from that project that was becoming all-consuming. But don't stay away too long. 


But like summer vacation, breaks from writing should be brief. Give yourself enough time to step back and rest. Get a new perspective. New insight. New ideas. But jump back in. Don't let the "break" continue for months and months -- or even years. If you are not ready to return to your old project, that's ok. But start writing something else. Just keep writing. 


The thing is . . . get your writing groove back. Return to that passion that inspired you to write in the first place. Work on something you love. Spend time dreaming of new ideas. Brainstorm. Write for fun. Just keep writing. 


When you're ready, take that old project out of the drawer. Dust it off. Step back. Don't jump into right away. Take time to read through what you have written. Make notes. Capture the magic that was there at the beginning. When you feel that passion that makes you want to grab your pen again and get back to work, then you are ready to start again. 


Just keep writing.


WRITING PROMPT: Grab a clean sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Go to your favorite writing place. Think about what you like to write about. The characters. The places. The tension. What excited you about writing in the beginning? Take a few minutes to write freely about what excites you. Do you feel more energy to write than you did before? Good. Now, get back to that project! 




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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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