It happens all the time. Things pull
us away from our routines. We go on vacation, have company, or we move. We’re
about to move.
I’m excited. I love new experiences, places, people,
anything. The move will recharge my new
battery. The new surroundings will energize me and my enthusiasm will soar. Unfortunately,
the move will be labor intensive.
The most difficult part will be putting
my office back together. It will be a labor of love, but I’ll have to settle the
kitchen and carve a path through the bedroom first. I have planned ahead, the
pizza delivery number is on speed dial, and I have a back-up scenario for bedtime.
Knowing my husband, the first thing that will be set up are the dogs’ beds. Men
and their dogs. I can always push the dogs out and sleep there.
I hope putting my office together
doesn’t take too long, because my head will explode if I don’t write. Even a
week-long break puts a dent in my rhythm. The only time I don’t write is when I
go to a conference. Yes, I write on vacation. So after a two week moving break,
it’s going to be hard to get back in the groove.
I have a plan. I’m going to gather
all my ducks and nail them in a row. My computer will go with me, in my car, in
the front seat. Nope, I’m not trusting this precious cargo to the movers. The
only other things in the car will be all my sweaters and my cats. The important
things in life.
The problem is I’ll be torn between
my desire for order and the voices in my head oh, yeah, and my husband asking me
where I want what. Which, of course, won’t be where he wants it…sigh. Moving
When there is a reasonable path into
all the rooms, I’m going to take time to write. And to do that, I’ll need
everything organized. I won’t have time to get
back into it. If I want to get anything done, I’ll have to be able to sit
down, open the program, and know exactly what comes next. That’s going to take preparation.
The planning will come, I hope, with
a new program I’ve downloaded. It has note cards, character sketches, and is formatted
to set out the book in three acts. It keeps track of the scenes, time line, and
all my research. It even has a storyboard feature. I’m excited to become familiar
with it and put it into practice. If it works (read as, if I can wrap my brain
around it) it will put me back into the story almost instantly. I’ll have all
the information I need so I can just begin typing. It will probably take me the
remaining time before the move to get all this water fowl in order, but it will
save my sanity.
I’m looking forward to the move. My
new office has an actual door. And better yet, the family livestock will have
their own door, one they can come and go through at will. I’ll no longer have
to get up eighteen times an hour to let them out or in. That alone will give me
an extra hour of writing per day. The down-side is my butt will probably fall
asleep from all the sitting.
I need all the help I can get. How
do you get back into writing after a break?