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How do you return to a project after a break?

Everyone knows how it feels. You’re fond of a project, doing a lot of work on it, polishing and trying to get it done. But then life interferes and you find yourself forced into doing other things for extended periods of time and suddenly, you’re away from that project for so long, that you start wondering:

How do I get back into it?

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I’m enduring this now. As of yesterday, I started working on Werewolf’s Lair again. I wrote a whopping two paragraphs and then closed the document. Not exactly anything special, is it?

At the same time, however, I find that works best after a long break. Slowly build it up. Yes, I only wrote two paragraphs, but next time, maybe I’ll write a couple hundred words, and before you know it, I’ll be back to how it was before!

Another thing that helped is the fact that, while I did little to no writing for a month, I started reading again. Because of this, even if I wasn’t writing, I was never far away from writing. Was it my writing? No. Was it still inspirational and useful in the long run?

Of course.

I read books. I reviewed books. Speaking of which, you can find my reviews on Goodreads. If you want to updated with what I’m reading, then that’s the best way to do so!

In the long run, even though I was away from my writing, it still lingered in the back of my mind, because I was reading other books. I never fully separated myself from it and that’s important with any project – whether writing, drawing, reading, or anything else you may do.

So, for me, Werewolf’s Lair is slowly getting back on track and that progress bar will be filling up soon!

When it comes to projects, how do you get back into them after a break? Share your stories!