The Guilt and shame of it all – when you fail to write or just fail

There are times when an everyday writing routine is unavoidably stopped. It could be that seventieth rejection letter that stops you in your creative tracks. It might be an illness that derails your routine. Death of a loved one, a broken bone, breaks ups, college exams, GREs, IRS, getting laid off, even severe depression can arrest that forward momentum.
When the storm subsides, as it usually does, dump the guilt and shame. It helps no one. If necessary, take all that negative emotion and dump into words, then “save as” into a file to be used for further character development and a point of reference for better days. Oftentimes it is helpful to get those feelings and events out of your head into the real world as physical paragraphs. Do not worry too much if you are still sad or in pain, many writers are not happy campers. Their physical and/or emotional challenges are often used to benefit others who either are luckier or simply live “in the isle of denial.”
The first two weeks are the most difficult in restarting a writing routine. The best bet to resume the satisfying process of putting words together, is to choose a dedicated writing area used only for that purpose. Comfort helps the reentry. Writing in the snow can force quick results, but may stop the daily routine if it becomes too windy.
Assign fifteen minutes to half an hour daily (including weekends) to writing. On the first day created a short list of goals, then work on them. The human spirit and body enjoy routines. By the second week (14th day) the routine should be a habit.
Then you can return to a dropped project or start new using the 3by3 writing method from the star.


About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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