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For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling, feeling sort of like I’m trying to escape from quicksand. And the harder I try to climb out, the quicker I’m swallowed up by the grainy, coarse sludge that wants nothing more than to suck me further into its dark pit.

I mean, I’ve totally fallen off the WritersButt Challenge. I’ve slipped back into some of my bad habits like drinking soda and having the junk food snacks. I’ve rewritten the outline to my work in progress THREE times – each one with a different take on the story and I still can’t decide which one I want to write. I’ve barely been able to do any blogging. I’ve slept almost 10 hours a night (though most nights I wake multiple times). And my headaches have returned with a vengeance – oh joy.

I’m sure August McLaughlin, Ginger Calem, and Sandra Brougher think I’ve given up on my quest to be healthy. But we all have these moments. We all fall off course sometimes and step into a bit of quicksand. The key is whether you stay in the pit or find a way out.

Did you know that you actually will not be sucked all the way under in quicksand? According to this article by Nicholas Bakalar for National Geographic News, “Quicksand has a density of about 2 grams per milliliter. But human density is only about 1 gram per milliliter. At that level of density, sinking in quicksand is impossible. You would descend about up to your waist, but you’d go no further.”

HA! Take that quicksand! I will float. But floating doesn’t get me out of it, it just means I won’t be sucked completely under. So how does one escape? You must wiggle your legs around to loosen up the sand and allow it to become more diluted. It’s a slow process, but eventually you can move and get out.

Slow but doable -I can handle that. Because I haven’t given up. I refuse to give up. I will not let the quicksand take me down! Even if I have to keep starting over, or write another outline, or wiggle my legs a little bit longer to loosen up that sand – I will do it.

So I made a plan to escape from the quicksand. Starting this week, I’m beginning at Week 1 with Writersbutt Challenge. I’m also going to pay more attention to nutrition again. These are things I must do, because without my health everything else seems pointless.

As for my writing, I’m going to take part in a Fast Draft. This is a two-week process where one must write a certain amount of pages or words a day – without stopping to edit or revise their work – so that the first draft of a work in progress will be finished, or at least a good chunk of it will be.

Plus, I’m going to post on my blog twice a week. Starting well, now.Β  Not only will I be continuing my Behind the Quill author interviews, I’ve also decided to let one of my book ideas, Kennan’s Diary, come to life on my blog. I admit, I’m a little nervous about this as I’m putting it out there for the whole world to see. (EEK!) But I know it will be a great experience for me to improve my writing.

So that’s the plan. This time, though, I’ve allowed myself a little wiggle room because sometimes you just have to loosen up the sand a little more before you can move forward.

How about you – ever been stuck life’s little quicksand pits? How did you get out?