Thursday, May 21, 2020

Running In Place by Terri Weldon

How many news stories, blog posts, and social media rants have you read about COVID lately? If you’re like me the answer is - too many. I’ve had to limit the number of times a day that I allow myself to read about COVID-19. Social media posts for the most part are just tossed aside. No way I’m getting caught up in those arguments! 😊 And blog posts, well I remind myself that to the author it is only one, the one they’ve written. Besides, those are far more interesting than the news or social media posts.

Being at home all the time has left me feeling off balance. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed or get up. There’s no where I need to be. I feel like I’m running in place. Giving it my all, but getting no where fast.

Unfortunately, my writing is mirroring my life. I edit, and then I’m asked by my most trusted critique buddy, “Did you read this chapter after you edited it?” I continue to work on my plot, but when I try to align my edits with my plot changes nothing works. I’m running, but I’m not moving. I’m stuck in the same place.

Those are the days I begin to wonder if this writing gig is worth the effort. It is. For me. I realize there are others who have walked away from writing. And you know what? If that’s the right choice for them, then more power to them. So today I had a chat with my friend and we worked on my plot. I may not always like what she tells me, but I trust her implicitly. Find someone you trust that much. It may take time, but keep looking. Remember, you need to be that kind of writing buddy in return. If your friend isn’t a writer, support them in whatever endeavor they pursue.

Because my friend has me excited about working on my manuscript. I no longer feel hopeless or like I want to give up. Now instead of running in place I’m jogging down the path toward the finish line.

Have you ever felt like you were running in place? How did you break free? I’d love to hear your tips.


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – I Corinthians 9:24

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A Match Made in Sheffield

Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Natalie’s vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?

Terri Weldon is blessed to be able to write fulltime. She enjoys gardening, reading, working jigsaw puzzles, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has an adorable Westies – Crosby. She is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Terri is the award winning author of The Christmas Bride Wore Boots.

Readers can connect with Terri at her Website or here at Seriously Write.

20 comments:

  1. Terri, I think the key for me when I'm running in place is, like you said, find the excitement in writing all over again so I don't feel hopeless, and give up. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Sandy, definitely have to find the excitement and it can be tough to do at times. But we will persevere!

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  2. Running in place and sometimes running in circles. I agree with you Terri, we need friends to speak Truth to us.
    Friends and prayer are the best way for me to move forward!

    Congratulations on A Match Made in Sheffield!

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    1. Jackie, I've made plenty of circles around my current manuscript! Hopefully now I'm moving forward. Something else that really helped me was watching a friend approach the edits on her book. She just jumped right in and went to town. Worked through some pretty big changes masterfully. A true inspiration.

      A Match Made in Sheffield isn't a new release, but it's a book I thoroughly enjoyed writing.

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  3. Hi Terri. As you said so eloquently, PERSEVERANCE! Fight the good fight and finish the race. I'm so thankful for the support of all my writing friends!

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    1. Aren't writing buddies the best? I know having the support of you all my writing sisters has been a huge help.

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  4. For me, when I feel like I'm running in place, I give myself a break. I put that project away and give my brain a new project. Then after a few week, I can go back to that first project with fresh eyes.

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    1. Lila, great idea! That's something I may need to try when I get stuck.

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  5. "Running in place" is a great way to describe what's going on here, too. One of the things that's helped me the most, is switching up my writing projects, working on different genres. I've even enjoyed trying my hand at Flash Fiction. Thanks for a great post, Terri!

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    1. Laura, I like to write a couple of genres. Romantic comedy and suspense. Very different but both so fun!

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  6. Sometimes I feel like I'm running in place when my "to do" or "hope to accomplish" list is too long. My husband always tells me to take one thing and a time and concentrate on that. haha! The life of a writer. :-)

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    1. Focus. That is something I struggle with. I tend to have a million things going at once. Good advice from your husband!

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  7. Great post, Terri, and I think a lot of us share your feelings! But as you said, having writer friends to encourage us to keep moving forward is such a BIG help---and a blessing. :)
    I'll share that sometimes I need to close my laptop (for a little while) and allow myself to work on my needlepoint or another favorite hobby, and often my mind will figure out what to do about that stubborn character who is not cooperating. Or a completely different idea comes to me that might add some pizazz to a plot that's stuck. Then later when I return to my WIP, I actually feel I'm going forward--even if only in baby steps. ;)
    Praying that you'll keep going forward, my friend!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Thanks, Patti Jo. I like the idea of working on something else. Often just staring at it makes the problem worse. Doing something you love frees the mind, and God willing, the creative juices flowing.

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  8. Terri, Great post! You're talking my language -- I'm a runner.

    When I can't get outside to run (happened a lot lately), I run in place -- on my treadmill. And I watch mysteries on our TV that's set up in front of the treadmill. Although I don't make any progress in physical distance, I strengthen my body and get inspiration for my own stories. And it builds endurance that carries over to my writing efforts.

    So keep running in place! You may get farther than you realize.

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    1. Kay, that's such a unique way of looking at it. I like it! Maybe I've been building writing muscles. Thanks!

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  9. Terri! Awesome post. One thing about working from home, my husband has gotten to see what frustrates me about my job lol. In order to get things done, more often than not, I have to do three other things first. Some days it seems like nothing gets done. Running in place is no fun. I'd much rather be running outside and actually see the scenery change. Running on the treadmill, in place, is so not the same thing lol. When I can't tell that I'm making progress, or getting anywhere, I get discouraged.

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    1. Believe me, I was plenty discourage when my friend asked if I'd read that chapter after editing it. OUCH! But she was right. And our conversation sparked a new excitement in me about my WIP.

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  10. Terri, yes! That unbalanced feeling kept me off track for a few weeks. I’m beginning to get back to a routine...as much as I ever have a routine....so this has helped me focus on my editing.

    Instead of setting a big goal, I’ve cut down my expectations. I’m only editing a scene at a time. Or I might set my goal as a short rewrite of a problem section. Sometimes my daily writing activity is reading...only a few pages.... of a craft book. Just little bits. This is working for me as I am making progress.

    Definitely our writing friends offer the best encouragement to keep us moving in the forward direction. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We truly are on this journey together...and it’s so much more fun with friends!

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  11. Sherida, small steps taken consistently turn into finished manuscripts. If I'd been consistent I would have finished this book long ago. So keep doing what you're doing. I'm going to be content with small steps. At least then I'll be moving forward and making progress! I'm thankful for all my writing friends, I'd be lost without them.

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