It’s never too late to restart something you’re passionate about.
I’m fresh off a 12-year hiatus from writing children’s books, and the unintended break has somehow managed to energize, and significantly improve, my writing.
It was the year 1999 when I began writing kids’ books. The inspiration for my first book came from a word game I played with my kids at bedtime. I would give them a riddle where the answer was two rhyming words, such as, “what does a grizzly sit on?”…a Bear Chair. Or “what does an octopus sip?”… an Ink Drink. When I ran out of ideas I searched for a book with more riddles but couldn’t find one. Thus, Pig Giggles and Rabbit Rhymes, my first book, was born.
That was followed by many more manuscripts and a few more books.
Then, about 2005 I turned my efforts to other projects. In addition, various life events added a few obstacles to my writing inspiration and I set down my pen, or computer keyboard, as the case may be.
So here I am 12 years later. I still have a full-time job. I still have life and commitments. I spend quality time with my wife and keep a strong connection with my kids, parents, and other family. So, I’m still busy.
But I realized I missed the writing. I decided to find the time, or more accurately, make the time to bring it back. Mostly it means waking up at five am in the quiet of the morning, sipping a cup of coffee and getting my creative juices flowing before heading off to work. But rather than tiring me out with the early mornings, it has proved to be, as I mentioned earlier, energizing.
How about you? Is there something you’ve let go of that you enjoyed in the past? A 12-year hiatus was plenty long enough for me.
Maybe now is the time to reignite your passion.