The Off-Balancing Act: The Power of Baby Steps

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When you’re a writer, it’s easy to be inundated with advice. Most of it is well-meant, and much of it works for many people. Some of it, though, can come with a somewhat… demeaning edge.

You aren’t really a writer if you don’t write every day.

That’s probably the one I’ve struggled with the most.

But… that’s ridiculous. Because that’s like saying a doctor isn’t a doctor unless he sees patients every day. Yeah, right.

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Introducing… The Off-Balancing Act Series!

Yes, that’s right, it’s time for another series from the RRFS! (Please note, we created the lovely banner with the picture Lazy Limbs by Michael via Flickr’s Creative Commons with the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. The image was slightly resized, and our text added. No other changes made.)

Do you ever feel like, no matter what you do, you can’t find creative balance? There’s always chores to be done, meals to be cooked (and, most importantly, eaten!), people to see, places to go… How does one do it all?

Well, sometimes you just don’t. And we Ferrets have, appropriately, not even started on this particular series yet (I’m writing this the evening of April 25th, and it will go live on April 26th). We usually have a series mostly written and pre-scheduled at least a couple of weeks before the introduction goes live. Oh well!

The fact is – sometimes you can’t do it all. But you don’t have to lose your creative balance just because you’re overwhelmed, but it’s okay if you falter a little.

So every Tuesday in May, we will take turns discussing how we deal with being creatively off-balance. Stay tuned!

Is your creative life on- or off-balance currently? If you could change one thing about your creative struggles right now, what would it be?

Am I Really Supposed to Write? – (Bonus Post) – The Evolution of a Writer: The Middle Years

I was supposed to have a Ferret post up, well… last Tuesday. Last Tuesday came and went, and Friday arrived, and I looked at my blog calendar and went, “Oh. Oops.”

The Evolution of Becoming a Writer Part 6

I had originally planned to do a post on… something else. Probably worldbuilding. But I kept hitting a stumbling block. And then I decided to write about my stumbling block, and realized it fit quite well with ‘The Middle Years’ series we’d just finished up, so… bonus post!

Warning: this post is very long. But I suspect there’s a lot of people out there, besides me, who need it.

Confession time:

It’s been two and a half years since I had a consistent writing habit. Usually, I go weeks at a time without picking up a piece of fiction I’m working on. Continue reading

How To Kill Your Muse in 11 Easy Steps (And a Ferret Resurrection!)

Step One: Watch as all your November plans blow up in your face.

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Step Two: Try to catch the shrapnel.
Step Three: Take far too much time with Step Two.
Step Four: Realize that as you were completing Step Two, your novel was not writing itself.
Step Five: Step on shrapnel, realize that you can’t NOT finish Step Two, and continue working on novel between bits of shrapnel.
Step Six: Realize that it is the final week of NaNoWriMo, and you still have 25,000 words to write.
Step Seven: Panic.

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Step Eight: Lose several days to panic, but still somehow get 11k written.
Step Nine: Realize that it is the last day of NaNo, and you still need 14k.
Step Ten: Despite the closed kitchen at your favorite coffeehouse, pound out 14k words in no less than 11 hours, with 20 minutes to spare before midnight.

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Step Eleven: Resolve never to do that again.

The above that you just read is based on my NaNoWriMo experience this past year. If you’d like to read the non-summarized version of events (which were slightly less hilarious at the time), you can find it here.

We The Ferrets…

Would like to issue a sincere apology that the blog died after the A-Z Challenge last year. We all hit some severe burnout, and then Real Life took over for many of us – it was a crazy, stressful, wonderful year, but blogging fell to the wayside for many of us, and not just on the Ferret blogs. Our personal blogs often suffered as well.

So that said, our blog is alive again. We have some awesome stuff planned for the next few months (and most likely not the A-Z Challenge this year), but our posts are going to be a bit more spread out. Instead of a minimum of one post a week, we’re aiming for 2-3 per month.

Thank you all for sticking around! See you soon!