Now I can say I am over the withdrawal. (It seems odd that I am using drug terminology in conjunction with a food additive but, for once, it is not hyperbole.) I am already bearing the fruits of my effort. I feel invigorated and have a much clearer mind. As a result, my writing is back to the level it was when I first tried to get published.
I have thought long and hard about that too. When I first began writing seriously, I was in rehab following my diagnosis of MS (I always feel I have to explain why I was in rehab, people hear the word and think the worst!) and it was rehab to get my hands working again but I was also on a very controlled, and more essentially, healthy diet.
I was in what they called the bedsit at the Walkergate Park (the rehab hospital) and did my own shopping and cooking each week. As part of this, I had to plan a menu for the week which was reviewed by a dietician before I was allowed to shop.
While this diet was not sweetener free - they were very restricted. I find myself wondering if my creative spurt was due to the lack of sweetener or the emotional state I was in at the time. Maybe, it was a combination of them both?
Why the penultimate post? It is inevitable that I will, at some point, ingest some sweetener. Whether this is accidentally or an ill-informed choice there are bound to be consequences so I'll post them if (we all know it's 'when') they happen.
On the writing side...
As I've just mentioned I am writing more than ever. But the process has changed. I have a test reader now who gives me valuable feedback (most recently regarding car insurers!). I am following my own advice (more or less) and leaving a gap between the writing and editing phases. This break is very useful because you actually read what you have written rather than the story you meant to write.
It's amazing to me how many issues with your writing you can be blind to because you are close to it. Distance is definitely needed.
I have also used, for the first time, AutoCrit. This has been recommended to me on many occasions but I have always backed away. Now I've actually used it, all I can do is recommend it to other authors. If you do not have the luxury of an editor or proof-reader it could be invaluable - just don't follow it too slavishly, you still have your voice to worry about.
Well, off to exercise but more about that tomorrow...