I’m back and with some renewed energy. It has been about a month since I had to almost completely ignore this blog of mine, and I have missed it. Life wasn’t (and indeed ISn’t) boring, as you could see in my previous posts I was away from home, working in Seattle and had to juggle more than one major task. Not to say I am not busy these days… But where I had to do my “day job” during the day as well as the evenings (leaving scarce time to write) I can now at least use the evenings to work on my writing.
So what am I doing these days?
First and foremost I am working on my novel (Untitled) and after a long and frustrating time I found both the energy as well as the train of thoughts which seemed to have left me. I started, as usual, with a lot of enthusiasm and hit a brick wall at a certain point. I don’t know whether I can call it a writer’s block or what. The fact remains that I could not put fingers to keyboard in any coherent way.
A few things happened to help me resolve it and I’m more than happy to share:
** As I mentioned on multiple occasions, I am part of a fabulous writers group. Luckily, we have some very experienced people there, one of which just published her debut (Karen McGoldrick – The Dressage Chronicles).
** You know how you sometimes hear someone’s advice and think “How the heck didn’t I think of it myself”?
** Well, When I mentioned my difficulties she said something that is so fantastically simple yet escaped me… She said “You are the writer, right? You know all the story, at least on the outline level, right?” To which I replied “Yes” and “Yes” respectively. “Well” she continued “Why not jump ahead in the story to a section where you feel you can write more easily?”.
** I felt so dumb 🙂 But the point is – No one said you have to write the book chronologically… You have all the liberty to write chapters and scenes in any order you see fit! Do you know how your book ends? Go ahead and write it! Do you know of a single scene that you planned out while outlining? write the damn thing!
** Read your outline again.
** When you go through your outline again, you might find a scene that makes you WANT to write it as soon as possible (See above suggestion). Write it as soon as you can and you might find that two things might happen. One being that you’d find a new sense of thrill which will carry over to further progress in your writing project. The other one is circumstances.
** Writing a scene that takes place further along in your story might raise the questions “How?” and “Why?“. How did these events come to be? Why did the characters ended up in these circumstances? and more questions that would provide you with an excellent chance to “go back in time” and write the answers in terms of constructive writing.
** Share with others.
** You could do as I do and join a writers group, or you can ask a good friend. Read out, or ask someone to read some of your work and provide feedback.
** If you receive comments, think about them and see what can be done to improve (Do not be defensive. Remember that this comes from a very important person – a reader). That might give you the need to do some re-writing, or at least make you think about your story which might trigger something.
** If you receive praise – Well, what ELSE do you need in order to keep writing? 🙂
Here ya go. These were my two (or rather three) cents for this lovely day (FRIDAY!!!).
All of the above helped me get out of a temporary slump and back into shape. Of course, having time to write helps too 😉
As for a status report – last time I shared that with you I were at a mere 5 chapters. This week alone I have written 4! for a total of 9 chapters. Hopefully they are good…
Hurry back now.