I also went to National’s this year for the first time. As a newer writer, I’m not one of those who were born with a pen in my hand, a book maybe, but definitely not a pen. I didn’t start writing until about three years ago. Anyway, I digress. As a new writer, I have had very bad bouts of writer’s block. Scary stuff really, especially worrying if you have finally written all the voices out of your head. I hate the feeling of nothingness in my brain that, Heaven forbid, my muse has left me for greener pastures.
So I went to Nationals with a purpose: figure out how to kick writer block’s ass. There had to be a reason behind the dreaded occurrences. With stunned amazement, I’ve watched writers who seem to have no issue turning out pages upon pages everyday when I struggle to write a single sentence. What was the matter with me? What caused my dilemma? How do I get rid of it?
I was shocked by the answer. The ongoing consensus from writer after writer was writer’s block does not exist.
Say what?!?! Well, I sure as heck have it.
However, I forced myself to listen. I mean, they had to know what they were talking about, right? These were multi-published authors who’d been around the block a time or two. As I listened to their reasoning on why writer’s block doesn’t exist, the more my eyes opened.
Really? Did she just say outside interference creates this? Well, dang, I have a ton of that.
Worry over finances? Damn.
Worry about selling a previous manuscript? Raise hand, wiggle fingers.
I could have easily placed a check beside everything they listed.
Wow, they really did KNOW what they were talking about. So I perked up, waiting for that splendid moment when I would finally know the secret to beating this horrible thing.
The secret wasn’t much of a secret. Write. It was all you could do.
So I came home with the determination to kick writer’s block to the curb and really get into my new project. I can say I have made headway, more so than I have in the last few weeks, but I have found a new problem. One I wished I had been more aware of when I’d been in these workshops, so I could have asked my questions. I am hoping that maybe some of you could shed some light on this recent development that I have become aware of. I have heard writers say they couldn’t wait to finish a book and start a new project. They wanted something fresh, new characters, new plot, new everything to work with.
My issue is the exact opposite. I find it difficult to let my previous work go so I am open to start a new piece. The problem doesn’t really lie with the shorts I love to write. It’s my full length pieces, the ones that take me months to write, where I am with the characters for so long they become a part of me. I’m finding it difficult letting them go so I can move on to a new, fresh story.
Does anyone else have this issue and if you do how do you get past it? Throw me some of your ways of working through those moments where you go Oh God, what have I done and how do I work myself out of it. (If you can’t tell, I’m a pantser, I don’t know if I would have this issue if I plotted)
On a side note, the comic with the cleaning describes me completely. LOL.
One a different note, The Feline Fugitive has been reviewed by both Book Wenches and You Gotta Read Review.
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