Got my Mojo Workin’

I have something to admit. For the last few weeks, I worried that I had lost the story for my work in progress. Not that I forgot what I was going to say. I stressed over if I lost the magic of the tale, that my characters abandoned me, or – gasp! – I forgot how to write.

Then, this weekend, something magical happened. I got my mojo back. And it feels so good.

My Mojo isn't an evil monkey trying to take over the world. Or, is it?

I often compare writing to working out or running. One foot in front of the other. One word after the other. Consistent gym visits yields more muscles. Consistent writing sessions yields more pages. You see where I’m going.

I also realized these two have something in common when you take a long break (my workouts suffered the same fate as my writing lately). When I sat down to get back into Pardon Falls a couple of weekends ago, I was stiff, tired easily and felt like I didn’t know the difference between a verb and a deadlift.

My first weekend back in my story was punishment, but this past weekend was my reward for sticking with it. Not only did I enter the fictive dream and enjoy trying to keep up with the movie in my head, the characters continued to whisper to me long after my writing session ended. Something I missed so much.

I’ve learned my lesson. I won’t skip my workouts nor will I miss my writing sessions. But, if I have to miss, rather than throw up my hands and say the whole day is ruined, I’ll do something small … a walk through the park or a few minutes with my journal. After all, I was lucky enough to get my mojo back this time. Next time, I may not be so lucky.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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5 Responses to Got my Mojo Workin’

  1. taureanw says:

    Great point.
    I am about to jump back into my writing and I know I will have the same problems you had. I guess the good thing is that we keep coming back, right? 🙂

  2. It is hard to get back into the swing of things after breaking off from a schedule. But I’ve found that if I had written every day, I wouldn’t have come up with some of the ideas I had after a (sometimes too prolonged) break. But much like working out, you feel so much better having committed something to paper when you’re done.

    I also note that in the bio on your blog, you’re in the midst of querying for your first novel. How’s it going? For me, it’s hard to begin something new while I still have that potential publishing fish on the hook. I’ve posted an open query letter for my latest novel – it’s under the heading bar. I’d appreciate some feedback on it if you have time. Likewise, I’d be happy to offer suggestions on your query letters. Not that my help will get you anywhere, but it might be good to know what to play up more.

    War on Literacy

    • Hey War On Literacy, So sorry to be just getting back to you! I don’t write every day, so I agree that sometimes a break does help. I just took a loooonnnggg break and was worried I lost it.

      Querying has its ups and downs. I’m coming up on the one year anniversary of when I sent my first letter out so I’ve learned a lot in that time. First of all, it’s a numbers game – the more you query the greater your chances. Patience is truly a virtue – I just sent a full MS to an agent I queried last October, her assistant got back to me in June. And, if you are lucky enough to get feedback from an agent (even if it’s within a rejection) pay close attention as it’s a rare gift from the literary gods. And finally, remember that agents work for free until they sell a novel so while it may hurt when they reject, it’s only because they have to put food on the table.

      Sure thing! I’ll go over to your blog and look at it here in a bit. Cheers!

  3. I like when my Mojo is working.

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