I've never actually ridden a horse, so the phrase "get back on the horse" only makes sense to me in a metaphorical sense. Since, I've never ridden a horse, I've never fallen off, but I would imagine that if I did, I personally would break my leg in like three places or something, and it would take months and months of rehab and hard work before I would be able to walk again, let alone get back on the cursed animal I am sure i would hold responsible for what happened to me.
In one sense, that is how the last few months have felt for me. Not wanting to get into a lot of the nitty gritty, because it's private, and honestly, you probably don't really care about the details, let me just say it was rough. Writing was a big part of it. I just have felt stuck as far as my writing goes, and trying to figure out what I want to do and how i want to do it, and so it all just felt really overwhelming and I wasn't sure how to keep going. So I stopped. That was the worst thing I could have done.
That stopping was falling off the horse for me, and it hurt. I couldn't get myself back up off the ground, or back on the horse. However, it has been months now, and I have had lots of rehab (not real rehab or anything, just personal, internal rehab), I attended a writing conference, I finally feel like I can get back on the horse.
I also feel like I have to get back on the horse. So, here I am writing. Maybe just a couple thousand words today, but it is a start. We'll see how long I can stay up this time. #AmWriting, I guess.
Next week marks the beginning of November, which is a month that many writers look forward to and dread at the same time. If you didn't know, besides being the filler month between Halloween and Christmas, it is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to spend everyday writing, and in 30 days you'll have a completed manuscript. Ok, so maybe not a completed manuscript, but at least you should end up with a rough first draft with a beginning, middle, and end. The word count goal needed to "win" is 50,000 words. That sounds like a lot, but it's really just in the neighborhood of 175-200 pages. Depending on the genre you are writing, that may or may not be around the word count you need (mostly it's not). That's ok, because that's really not the point.
My wife was telling me a story the other day about a secret blog she started six years ago. She had started doing a lot of crochet projects and other crafts as an outlet shortly after our third child was born. Being creative in this way was a great outlet for her at a time that was pretty stressful (for fun, we had decided to close on our first house a week before our third son was born, and moved in a month later). She had also kept a blog for a little while about our first two kids, and that had been almost therapuetic for her. She began to think that maybe keeping a blog where she could share her crafts with others would be beneficial for her.
Hello, and welcome to my site. My name is Jake Dietz and I am a writer. Not a famous writer, or anything like that, just a writer. As of the time I am writing this post, I have not yet been published anywhere, except my own blog, and I don't think that counts. I don't have any major book deals in the works, or any minor ones for that matter. I am just a guy who likes to write and wants to share the experience with you. That's all it really takes to be a writer, simply wanting to write something and then actually writing it.
Jake Dietz is a writer and story teller. He writes primarily Fantasy, but will write any story he finds interesting.
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