Broken routines and New Year’s resolutions

 Ok, I hold my hands up. I haven’t written anything this week. Or month… Times goes quick when you break the routine and have to focus on other stuff. In my case it was having to commit more time to photography, shooting weddings, meeting clients and redesigning my website from scratch. There is still more work to do. But that’s life.

But after revisiting a previous post about writing stamina, I am trying to take my own advice and pick up where I left off. It’s tough trying to do anything which requires extra commitment when you work full-time. You know what I mean, whether it be studying, a demanding hobby, family life, sticking to a fitness regime. It’s all hard. But then I remembered a few words from the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi, who when talking about learning a skill said that everything is hard at first.

It’s true. When I did my postgrad diploma a few years ago I had no idea how I would cope with the study demands working full-time. But things get easier with practice and routine. So I know that once I break the inertia and create some time the writing ideas will flow again. They are already trying to burst free. But I need to put my neck on the block and do it. So there is my new year’s resolution. Write more. Whinge less. As The Guardian advocates, I will have a plan, and just get on with it.

I will be having a break from blogging until the new year now so see you then. Have a great Christmas!

About Scott Foley

Scott Foley is a British fantasy writer based in Manchester. He is author of Knight of Aslath and the Dreaming God Chronicle. Brought up on a steady diet of Tolkien, roleplaying games and a never-ending fascination with the question ‘what if?’, writing fantasy novels seemed the only sensible and worthwhile thing to do with his life. Knight of Aslath is his first novel, and he is currently working on the sequel Warlords of the Dreaming God. Both novels form the beginning of the Dreaming God Chronicle and are set in the fantasy world of Teth-Kiran. Knight of Aslath is available on Amazon, and you can find out more about Scott's work at: