I’m 38 weeks pregnant now, and the whole last trimester so far I’ve had bad SI low back pain (hips, back, glutes- quite literally a pain in the butt). I haven’t been able to work out for about 6 weeks. Naturally though, I started using my workout time for something that I could do while sitting. And this is when my love of creative writing re-awoke.
Since I was old enough to write, I have. I wrote whatever I could, and whenever I could. It was therapy for me. When I was in first grade I wanted to be either an author, or the Easter Bunny. Some might say the chance of both are the same ;).
Unfortunately, I went through a really frustrating time with my writing. I was fresh out of college, teaching special education. I started seeking publishing options for a manuscript I wrote and loved, and found myself published! It was easy. Too easy. The company I was working with marketed themselves as a traditional publisher, only accepting 3% of all manuscripts.
I was on cloud nine. I had my manuscript published, and I loved the book. That’s about when everything fell apart. No sales. No royalties. No events. No readers, followers, or anything. The company was shady, NOT a traditional publisher, and a huge rip-off. This was so discouraging. I felt terrible about my writing, and myself. For two years I didn’t write anything.
But there’s good in every situation. In this season of back pain and a sedentary lifestyle, I came back to writing. I went to a writing conference last week, and have a fresh love for this hobby. It feels good to pick up an old goal and start working at it again.