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What Have I Been Up To?

What have I been up to?

Okay, it is Wednesday. I’m officially supposed to blog about my creative career and all those important endeavors that make me fell happy and fulfilled. Those things I swore to myself (and some of you) I would never quit doing for any reason.

Things like writing and drawing.

You know… those kinds of things.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been up to much for awhile. I didn’t even participate more than a single afternoon in NaNoWriMo this year.

2016 is the first time since I found out about NaNoWriMo that I didn’t succeed in hitting 50,000 words.

How horribly sad is that?

The truth is, I went through a pretty dark patch this fall. I’m not 100% sure it’s over. Like a bad slasher villain, it never truly goes away.

But, I am actively trying to move forward and build momentum. The reason I’m writing these blog posts on this ridiculous blog post topic schedule is because it helps build momentum.

It gives me a dedicated something to do. I picked the topics I did because they are the things it takes me the least amount of effort to write about.

I can sit down at my keyboard with something like, “What are you working on?” and knock out 211 words in four-or-five minutes.

Give me a full 30, and I’ll have a pretty nice blog post put together.

And that kind of small success is important for rebuilding your muscle.

The writing muscle atrophies more quickly than any of your physical muscles. You can stay in bed for a day without losing your ability to walk, but if you skip a day of putting thoughts into printed words, you’re basically starting over.

It might not feel that way for everyone, but it certainly does for me.

And, I let myself go for pretty much three months.

I suppose you would say that my writing career is currently in physical therapy.

I’m rediscovering my muscles. I’m refinding my voice.

The next couple of months will be rough and sophomoric. The blog posts won’t be the greatest.

But they will exist and from them, I hope I can rekindle my writing fire.

Because there are still stories I want to tell.

That’s what I’m working on. It’s what I’ll be working on.

I’ll let you know next week how it’s really going.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.