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If We Were Having Coffee

I am not proud of my week. This week has been a lazy, unproductive week, but instead of feeling bad about it or moping around the house, I’m going to make this weekend and next weekend super productive so that when next Saturday comes around I will actually have something to discuss over coffee.

So as you have probably guessed by that title, this week has not been the best in terms of creativity. All the bits and bobs for buying the new house are moving along well enough, but I’ve struggled to get on and write anything or get any real studying under my belt.

The novel, well I’ve started three different chapters for Dawn Shadows and all them are sitting at about a paragraph and a bit long without any signs of growth. Deciding that my novel was only halfway done when I originally estimated that it would be almost done has knocked me back and I’m struggling to pick up the pen and write. [Metaphorically.] I also haven’t done much for the blog this week and Friday saw me missing my free-write all together, even though I’d only started the challenge to myself three weeks ago. I did manage a poem on Monday but that was it. Apart from When Spring Announces It’s Arrival, this week has been pretty devoid of creativity. img_1384-0

I have been reading though and I’m now only a couple of books behind schedule for my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I told myself that I would read at least fifty books this year and the challenge is more to make sure that I finish fifty books instead of starting numerous books and taking ages to get through them because I’m reading about twenty different ones at once. That means of course that come Wednesday, I will have plenty to talk about in my May reading round up. The last one I did was for March but since I didn’t read much in April I didn’t see the point of writing one. You can find my Confessions Of  A Bookworm here. I love these WWW Wednesdays posts. Since reading plays such an important part in my writing process, it’s great to have an outlet to talk about books and it falls just outside the realms of traditionally reviewing because it looks at what you are reading, what you have just read and what you will be reading next. You can do this once a week but I tend to stick to once a month.

I’m hoping this week will be better in terms of creativity and motivation. It seems silly that a couple of weeks ago I was busy writing all these posts and tips on how to stay motivated and now I’ve hit my own slump. I want to try and get some blogs schedules for next week today and tomorrow, which is not something I normally do, but hopefully it will free up my week to focus on studying. The most productive bits of my week were beating my personal best on the treadmill [5k in 34 minutes] and reorganising my book shelves only to realise that there really isn’t enough room any more and when we get the new house a trip to Ikea will be needed.

But enough about my boring week. I want to hear about the rest of you? How have you all been? Have you found yourself in a slump or perhaps your week has been really productive, let me know in the comments.



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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Travel Nurse April says

    We all have bad weeks. I hope you can push yourself and make a change for the better next week. I need to start making a list of things I need to get done. Best of luck!

  2. G. R. McNeese says

    I am in a slump. There’s a story I started a week ago, and I am stalled. I don’t know where this story is going to go. I am thinking about scrapping it, or at least put it on hold for a while. It doesn’t help that I have bits and pieces scattered across my laptop and my phone. I’m frustrated because this is the fifth time I’ve tried to write this story and every time, I get stuck in the middle. I don’t know how to write it out.

    Other than that, not much is going on with my writing. I did post a blog entry about procrastination and the writing process. Procrastination is something I struggle with a lot. The reason being is that I worry about what others will say about my work. I haven’t gotten a completely bad review, but I can’t imagine having my work ripped to shreds by critique partners. It’s crippling, and silly because I haven’t written a story that bad. At least, that’s what I gather from my critique partners. I guess I’m worried over nothing.

    Well, I’ve poured my heart out. I hope things will get better for you.

    • It’s funny because I can read about your doubts here and go straight into encouragement mode and yet just take a look in my metaphorical “bottom drawer”. It’s stuffed! Overloaded! I keep thinking my kids will take it all off to the publishers after I’m gone and I’ll magically have take off as every bit a real ghost writer.
      xx Rowena

  3. I’m getting better at understanding the ebb and flow of my creative rhythms and holding myself with compassion and kindness when I’m in one of the ebbs. Hope you have lovely weekend and start with a fresh slate on Monday.

  4. Sorry about the bad week. We all have them so don’t beat yourself up. I did a post for #weekendcoffeeshare on writer’s block and motivation. Maybe it would help you to take a look! 🙂

  5. My reading has been off this last week as my body has been so sore that I did a lot just sitting. I need to read about 5 books for June 5 I already read several of the books. I yYou sound like your keep yourself busy.

  6. Last week I didn’t post on my blog, partly because I was busy and I couldn’t think of what to post about. I definitely get days when my creative levels are down. But, I’m back on track this week! I hope you reach your targets.

  7. Don’t beat yourself up about your lack of writing or creativity. Do an activity that has to be done, some research, some tidying, even some reading which you are doing, a character analysis and bit by bit it will come back to you. I hope next week is more productive for you.

  8. Kathleen Howell says

    Love the WWW idea! Wow, 50 books! I have 15 on my reading goal at Goodreads. 🙂 Would love to check out these posts to see what everyone is reading. I read a such a snail’s pace though, I struggle carving out time to read.

  9. I ditto the other encouraging comments here and hope this week goes better for you. I’ve had to do quite a lot of family stuff lately and just hope I don’t lose the momentum I gained with the A-Z challenge.
    xx Rowena

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