J to tha M: Writer’s Block Blues

When Did Writing Become WORK?

overcoming writer's blockJ:  have you been working on your Wraith novella for Rory lately?

M:  not much

J:  having Jonas out there hasn’t inspired you?

M:  I haven’t had much time for anything. Jonas just came out on kindle, and I need to get notice out into the world

and try to write

and try to edit

and try to get through the million things that keep popping up in life

summers are crazy, and we just bought a new house–yikes

so there’s that

J:  I’ve definitely been there. To go from hours in the day for writing to only one or even less

to sit down with even the intention of writing, only to find that you

need more than that hour just to remember what you were doing last time you had an hour to write

M:  it’s not even just the sitting down part. The characters are getting pushed aside in my head

I’m not getting the conversations and scenes just popping in or developing

that’s so frustrating. Damn writer’s block

At the same time, we’re all kinds of fun busy, so I guess it’s a trade off just like everything.

it stinks when things that were fun and an escape become work

more like chores

or cause stress

J:  but it does become work after you publish

there’s the editing, the marketing, the organization

it’s a job

and it’s harder than any other job I’ve ever had

M:  it is

I’ve never worked so hard in my life

never shuts off or ends, it seems

there’s always something else to do

J:  in a way, those other things will help…eventually

they’ll take your mind off the story you’re having trouble telling

clear that blockage

you’ll sit somewhere, happy enough to be where you are, and Rory will suddenly speak

M:  most likely

but the problem is, now I can’t just sit around and wait for that

to happen

J:  the inspiration always comes when you’re supposed to be doing something else

M:  there are these things called deadlines and expectations

J:  we should re-institute the WC

and hold to it

I’ve been writing on Sunday nights with Susan

M:  I never did well with those, though

you know this

I never look at word count

J:  but the true goal isn’t word count

it’s setting aside time just for writing

M:  that’s not my problem

J:  putting down words even if you’re not sure you can use them

M:  it’s having something in my head to write

J:  sometimes you have to force it

M:  that just doesn’t work for me

trust me, I’ve tried

J:  my problem is definitely just trying to find those minutes to work

with no “other job” distractions

or husband distractions

cooking dinner

having a social life of some sort, however pathetic it may be

M:  when the words are there, I can make myself do all that

carve out the time

right now, it’s just figuring out how to get those pesky characters playing again

J:  remember we used to do brainstorming sessions?

would one of those help? where you tell me where you are, what needs to happen, and we figure it out from there

M:  that might work

make me think more

I’ve got the plot and major points plotted out

it’s all the little scenes and details that actually make the story I’m having trouble with

J:  you know I love it

M:  let’s schedule a day to do that

brainstorm our stories

when it won’t interfere with your WCs

I love it, too

J:  I have several stories I need to finish. I think I’ve got Jinx under control now

but I want to finish Soundtrack and get moving on the third Kingdom book and the second

Oracles

M:  and…and…and…

J:  hahaha

I know

plus, I got a fun idea for a follow-up to Jinx

M:  Yay – fun! I love blarghing out story ideas. Let’s schedule a date. Let me move things around on my damn calendar. Let me find my damn calendar.

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J to tha M: Spring Cleaning the Brain

Finding Our Passion for Reading and Writing Again

finding passion for writingM:  Ugh. I’m coming out of the winter icks. Been so just bleh lately with all the expectations–mostly my own–and constant struggling to figure out what the hell I’m doing, what I should be doing, blah blah blah.

J:  heh. I’m in a blah mood about the time part of writing this week

well, all the time, really

M:  It just seems like we’re pushing so hard all the time. I’m sad it takes the joy out of reading and writing

but, it’s true for just about everything, so eh

J:  yeah. once anything becomes a job, it’s a lot less fun

M:  I’m going to take a couple weeks and see if I can’t just have fun with the stories and characters again

It’s like spring cleaning for my brain

J:  I need some kind of recharge, too

a reset button or something

M:  I used to get such a good recharge out of reading, but lately, I’ve been more or less forcing myself to read stuff, for whatever the reason, and it’s really blah’d me. So, reading is my personal thing, even if it is “business” related now. I’m not going to force myself to read anything if it doesn’t grab me, just like I’ve always done

J:  that’s exceptionally good

there’s not enough time in the day to read a crappy book

no matter who wrote it

M: and it’s about finding those gems

they’re out there, it’s just holding out until you find them

I’ve found a couple of good ones, but man, it’s depressing to see how many just don’t appeal to me lately

J:  it’s a lack of quality, for one thing

I used to be able to get past anything if it was a good story

but it’s hard to do that anymore

M: I can overlook some things if the story is awesome. Just haven’t found many of those, even

J: perhaps it’s just general discontent. it happens sometimes

M: My own personal tastes, I guess

I’ve found an awesome one every now and again, and those are those gems I’m talking about

J: right. I think that happens all the time, though. I’ve had some big pub books that just lost me

I have an Evanovich in my bag that I keep swearing I’ll finish

but meh

M: I like her Stephanie Plum ones

they’re easy fun reads

J: I kind of feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over, though

this is the Diesel one

the magic series

M: oh, I haven’t gotten into those as much

J: it just feels like Stephanie Plum with magic

and all those thing we pay such close attention to: show vs. tell and active vs. passive

it’s just not there

M: Yeah, I don’t like the Diesel storyline anywhere near as much as the Stephanie ones

I can overlook a lot if the story grabs me enough, but when it doesn’t – yikes.

J: So what isn’t “yikes” lately? Anything amazing? You made abundantly clear how much you loved Qhuinn, so give me one better.

M: I did love Qhuinn. There were some things I would have liked more or different, of course, but overall it gave me the happy sighs like I haven’t had in quite a while. But I’m head over heels for that boy, so having most of the focus on him was…sigh.

I read Ben Monopoli’s book that KC Beaumont reviewed (loved her review), and omg was that just a hell of a lot of fun. I loved it. Loved! I mean, Boots McHenry. That’s just all kinds of absurd awesomeness for a main character name, and the entire story lived up to all that and so much more.

J: I love hearing that!

M: I highly recommend. I went and got his others, started Cranberry Hush, and it’s amazeballs (so to speak, heh) too.

And then I’m reading a couple of serials I’m really enjoying. The stories are released in parts every two weeks until they’re complete, about eight or nine parts, I think. You pay one price and then get the installments automatically delivered to the kindle. Falling for Frederick by Cheryl Bolen and A Hero Lies Within by Patrice Wilton. I’m having fun with them so far.

J: See, Monopoli is a self-pub gem. Proof that awesomeness can happen without a big house. The serials sound like a good idea, too. Maybe small bites are what I need. I should go buy some books…

M: Whaaaa…?

J: I know. I know. I’ve just been waiting for the right book, and Mr. Monopoli wins.

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