In general I am pretty good about keeping to my writing routine. It takes a lot of discipline but I do my best to block everything else out in the evening (or whatever time I have) and just write. But sometimes there are things that put a significant stop to writing. Like Ginormous Life Changes. I have one of those.

We’re moving. Back west to Salt Lake City. In one week.

This was a very unexpected change for us. I’m not going to go into all the personal details of why we’re making this change but I will say I’m certain it’s for the best. Still, it’s a lot of change and it is consuming my brain! Selling our house, finding a new one, registering kids for school, movers, goodbyes, and just wondering what my life will be like back there. And I’m mourning the loss of Chicago. I love this city, my neighborhood, and my friends.

Even though I’m in a sea of change I would really like to be able to continue working on my latest story. I really don’t want to lose momentum, but I’m afraid I’m not in the right frame of mind. It’s difficult to focus!

So give me your advice please! How do you focus on your work when there are BIG distractions outside of it? How much do you let go? How much do you force yourself to get in gear? Somebody throw me a bone!


  1. I’m afraid I don’t have any bones to pitch you, but I just wanted to say good luck. I’m sure the move will turn out just fine. (Although I don’t blame you for mourning the loss of a place like Chicago. Someday I’d love to live in a big city, but maybe when my kids are grown:) )

  2. I’ve found that during the really crazy times, it’s best to not try to write. If I try to force myself, it becomes something else to stress about and the writing comes out forced. But if I just let myself brainstorm during some of the quiet moments when my hands are busy, I don’t feel like I’ve completely let it go. Just keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas. Good luck!!

    • Liesl

    • August 23, 2010

    • 10:47 pm

    Thanks Krista.

    And Thanks Jeni, I think you’re right. I just hate losing that momentum but it seems when I force it I’m just kicking against the pricks.

  3. Well, hey! We’ll have to do lunch one of these days when you get all settled. And honestly, when things like this happen all routine goes out the window. So, I’m not a great one to give advice. . .

    • ali

    • September 8, 2010

    • 8:58 pm

    I hope the move went smoothly! I know you’re still getting settled in, but when you are, I left you an award on my blog! Can’t wait for you to start blogging again and … to SEE you!

    Shoot an email to the group when you’re ready to talk GET TOGETHER!

    • Liesl

    • September 9, 2010

    • 3:58 am

    Thanks Ali. I can’t wait to see you too! Party coming soon!

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