My Muscles Hurt

When was the last time you started working out after several weeks or maybe even months since the last time you ran or lifted weights?

It hurt like hell, right?

Well, I can tell you that my writing muscles must have atrophied while I was down for the count. Up until five or six weeks ago, I was writing between 1500 to 2000 words of my novel, a flash fiction piece for the Writer’s Write Daily Challenge, and I wrote one or two blogs per week.

My doctor told me I could start working a few hours a day back on July 6th. After just one hour of sitting at my computer, I was shaky, nauseous, and I wanted to lie down more than anything in the world.

Next, I challenged myself to writing a few short stories – Flash/Flash – about 2 or 300 words. It was HORRIBLE.

But, as you might notice — I re-taught myself HTML, and now my BLOGS and Web Pages can look much better.

The lesson to be learned here: Unless you want to learn how to create, type, think vertically in the manner you are used to — do everything you can to keep yourself using the creative side of your brain.

Once you let it go — you need to work hard and rebuild the muscles to return to your previous level of creativity.

I will be back on Monday with a new Blog about the Creative Process, and how you can find what works best for you, the stories you want to write, and create a positive writers’ experience.


~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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