How do you do it?
You’ve got the smoldering embers of an idea, a plan, a project you laid out. You get part of the way into it, just hoping to pick up steam, and then… life. Life happens to you. You lose your steam, your spark, or your ability to continue working on it until Life stops happening long enough for you to get back to it.
When you do get back to it, something’s… missing? flat? absent? You can’t find it. That initial hum, momentum, thrust is gone and you can’t recapture it. It’s not your fault, what could you do? It’s Life, which is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. So you got derailed, and now that you can return to that thing you were hotly pursuing before, you’re staring at it like it’s from Mars. You have no idea where you were going.
Has that happened to you? Have you fallen flat after an interruption? I’ve been interrupted for a long time now. But most recently, I’ve been interrupted for weeks and weeks with my computer’s untimely demise. Oh, it didn’t die before its time – no, in computer terms it was as ancient as the pyramids. By “untimely” I mean, oh, you lousy POS, how could you do this to me NOW?
I have a new one now, praise the Lord for His greatness, and I’ve recovered some of my stuff (it will be a long time before I recover ALL of it though). And so, I opened up a story I’d been banging away at before my technology went back to the stone age and guess what?
Yep. Can’t catch the spark. Can’t catch the fire.
I see the embers, smoldering there under a lot of ash, and I’m trying to find a way to fan them, but so far nothing. I hope this is just temporary, but boy, it’s a pain in the heart. And other places too.
How about you? How do you rekindle a dying fire? How do you go back to a project you lost your momentum on and start again? Any secrets, or is it really just mashing through it for you?
(I’ll have my signature and links to my books here again soon, I promise.)