Many of us go through times where we've had to step back from writing. Maybe life interfered. Maybe the well ran dry. Maybe we had to abandon a project and didn't know where to go next. Maybe we got restless.
the reason, it's sometimes daunting to step back into writing. It's
like resuming physical exercise after some time away. We may need to
warm up to it, especially if we're still feeling uncertain about where
our writing will go next.
At such times, I like to try short
pieces, exercises, and new genres. I reread old work, especially
half-formed ideas and half-finished projects, to see if any embers there
ignite. I start and stop. I try not to expect too much or be too hard
on myself. I let the process catch me in its rhythm again. I remind
myself of how much always ends up on the cutting-room floor. I keep an
open mind, so as not to close out any options too soon.