Monday, August 26, 2013

Every wrenching, staggering, soul stretching word.

So I've been having a bit of a problem. The thing is...I never really believed in writer's block until a few weeks ago. Never had any issues aside from needing MORE TIME.

A fellow author once told me over a decade ago that there is no such thing as writer's block, just wrong turns.  I believed that. Whenever I got stuck before I simply backtracked to where things started to get hard.

I've tried that. I went back chapter by chapter to see where plot points became difficult to maneuver...where dialogue turned tricky, where I went awry with the motivation...

You know what I discovered?

Nothing. Nada. Zinch. 

This novel has ALWAYS been difficult. I've constantly struggled to know and embrace and make my own this amazing alternate history genre.

Its a challenge for sure. I think I can actually feel my dendrites sparking as I will myself into this strange world.

So now I will stop looking for a starting over place. I will stop staring wistfully at my notes for easy answers. I will buckle down and just...write.  Every wrenching, staggering, soul stretching word.

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back On Track...Finally!

Greetings from the mountains!

So today was our first day of school...YAY! I cannot rejoice enough to be on a schedule once again. Normally our summers are completely crazy with camping, family trips, visits and the like. What with my husband home (he's a school teacher) and putting our routine in a blender...I don't get a whole lot of writing done.

To top it off, my poor critique partner, Erin Spock over at Spock Writes Romance, managed to mangle herself at the gym to the point of needing surgery! She is totally in a bad way and if you have a moment pop on over to her blog and show her some love.

She keeps me on schedule. I know I have to deliver chapters to her every two weeks and I never want to disappoint. But...with my poor friend in a bad way...I have totally flaked.

Battling Distraction is ON!  Many of you know that I home school all 6 of my children.  
This year might be a little tough to balance. Although it is my 13th year and and I have tons of experience. I have a senior and two kindergartners...I KNOW...I'm insane.

All this has only served to tighten my routine. I will definitely be guarding my writing time with a vengeance! So hopefully I will be working more consistently from now on.

With writing comes blogging as I often feel more in the 'Writing Zone' after posting and touching base with other writer buddies. So here's to a new year and new direction!

Until Next time...Go Write!