I felt drained, not because I'd written with all my gutts and strength (btw, that's a really good feeling) but because I had wasted valuable time that could've been devoted to my love of writing. I went to bed feeling utterly useless in the realm of my craft.
At any rate, this has been a learning experience for me. I've learned the value of being consistent in writing. I mean consistency in the fact that for a certain amount of time every day I should devote some of my time to writing. This could mean writing a blog post, beta-reading, reading (research for an author), or, yes, writing or editing your very own story.
Here's a little real world example I came up with: When I'm driving, I get into my groove, driving at a consistent speed. Until. Some person (excluding expletives) pulls out in front of me when they obviously don't have enough time to accelerate to my speed. I have to press on my breaks and my groove is thrown off. The car that pulled out symbolically represents the things that distract me from my goal of writing.
I relate this to writing because getting out of the writing groove can and quite possibly will throw off the balance, pulling you out of your zone. Possibly make you feel pathetically worthless as a writer.
The best way to keep going strong in the writing world is to be consistent. Now, I'm the last person to say I'm perfect at this attribute. However, I'm trying and will try even harder now that I've seen the consequence of my lack of writing within a given night.
Now, I work full-time, so the last thing I really want to do is go home and relinquish my evening of relaxation to working again. But. At least writing is super fun--the love of my life. This isn't to say you can't relax or take some time to recoup, just to remember to keep writing a priority in your daily routine.
So, I'm determined to come out of this learning experience with extra vivacity to be more consistent with the things that are important to me when it comes to my career in writing.
Have you had a similar experience? What have you done to get back into the groove of writing?