I have started my second novel. It is hard to work and plan your work when you are in the midst of change. I will be moving to another state in the next few months – or at least, those are the plans – and I feel disconnected in some areas; one of them work. My husband and I are moving south, to a simpler lifestyle, and to a rural area, where I will have to slow down to the pace of slow internet, among many other things.
Once we arrive, our efforts will be on restoring (just the two of us) an old farmhouse that will be our home. That will take all our time. Most likely, I will be offline for sometime, and will blog very sporadically. We will hope for a wi-fi signal, mostly in the evening, as we will be staying with my sister and brother-in-law, for a short time. We will change our pace and lifestyle totally – this is a big change we are in for, one that will require a lot of focus and effort, as well as patience.
This upcoming change has tied my hands a bit with my writing. I have several projects that I cannot evolve due to this, and in a way, I am in some kind of limbo now, and very limited as to the work projects that I can take on. This has left me feeling stuck for a while; however, it is making room for finishing my second novel. It gives me some time to plan, but I cannot start much now. This is as working against my grain, since I am one to dislike sitting for long with projects or decisions. According to my personality type, working like this truly sucks – it stinks.
My writing has come to a halt in certain aspects. Not due to lack of work, but to the limits to advancing my writing career, as during that time, I will not be able to commit to long-term or big projects, or maybe any writing projects at all. Now, I cannot commit to long-term projects that will require my availability during that time. So this is my dilemma. For now, I can only dedicate this transition time to some short-term projects and to finishing my second novel, maybe start my third one. If anything, once I am in a position of stability again, I will have two, maybe three, ready to publish novels, and I will be able to resume my long-term writing projects. It drives me nuts to not be able to go all the way with something, to feel restrained.
Have you gone thru a big change or transition? Please, feel free to share any coping tips and techniques that relate to handling your work during transition.