Back At It

Ok, it’s been far too long since I did a post here, or any kind of writing for that matter. That sucks. But thankfully I can get back into it again because I’ve missed it sooooo much. My head is so full of ideas that I can’t keep them all straight anymore. Before I get into any of the new stuff though, other than jotting down the notes and ideas for each of them that pop into my head once in a while, I’ll be revisiting Anniversaries. I’ve been thinking about this book so much lately and I just can’t stay away from it anymore.

Bad news. Completed copies (seriously ALL THREE OF THEM!) are gone now; disc copy, USB copy, hard copy. All gone. Wth?!?! Fortunately I’ve had a critique or two done on it online before so I at least have the extremely rough first chapter to go with. I’m actually glad I don’t have more than that because there was so much that needed to be fixed on it. For those of you that even care, Anniversaries is in the M/T/S genre, rather than my favored Sci-Fi/Fantasy. It was the first one I completed and one of my favorite story ideas I’ve ever had so I’m ok with it being in a different genre than my norm.

So off I go again. Wish me luck and all that jazz. Looking forward to sharing with everyone once again.

Oh and I almost forgot…

As for The Temple, I’ll definitely be getting back into that as well.

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Finding The Time

Just as the title says, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to write. Whether it’s a blog post or my current WIP, it’s such a pain for me some days. I’ve gotten the advice (multiple times) to set aside a time every day to write. Fifteen minutes, an hour, three hours, it doesn’t matter what the limit. For some reason I can’t bring myself to stick to this when I try.

I’m a fairly organized person so I like to have a schedule throughout the day to keep me on top of things. For the most part it works. I stick to my list, I manage to complete my tasks. EXCEPT when it comes to my writing.

Why is that? I’m not completely sure, but I think at present my biggest problem is that I’m just not into my current book the way I was when I started it a few weeks ago.

Oh no, here we go again. Unfortunately, that happens to me a lot. I try to stick with it, but it’s just not flowing for me. Ok, time to put it away. Maybe only for a little while, maybe forever. Who knows?

I think a lot of writers run into this problem, though some don’t like to admit it. It’s not about dedication to what you want to achieve in life. It’s more about feeling like this…Why would anyone else be interested in my story when I can’t even be interested in it?

Writing prompts and exercises can sometimes help get me back in the groove, but not always. Sometimes we just need a little break. But taking a break isn’t always a good thing. Let’s say you walk away from your WIP because you’re just not feeling it. It’s good to get some distance sometimes. What happens when you come back to it and realize you don’t really want to write this particular story anymore? No big deal because there’s always another idea out there waiting for you to put your twist and own personal flavor on it.

Maybe the breaks really are a good thing. Maybe they tell you that no matter how good you thought the story was when you started out, it wasn’t all that great really. Maybe there’s another one you realized you’d like to tell more. Or maybe you just realize that writing isn’t going to be your calling in life.

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I refuse to believe it. Because even if I don’t create a work that perhaps someone else will one day love, I know I’m doing something that I love. So what if I’m never published. Pfft, who needs that anyway. The way I see it, if it makes me happy, I’m going to do it. Regardless of whether or not I finish a book, I will continue to write until I can’t do it anymore.

It’s what makes me happy, so why not?!?!

So, here’s my suggestion. If you can’t find the time to open up your computer file and write every day, or week, or whatever, at least do yourself a favor and jot your ideas down on the fly. In a notebook, on your phone, wherever is convenient for you to do so. Don’t let them slip away into the abyss, because some day you may just end up regretting it.

And Away We Go!

So here’s my first attempt at blogging…from my phone. One thing is for sure, typing with one finger drastically reduces my rambling.

Just a quick update on my writing activity as of late:

The Occult Collection is currently in edits. Oh yeah! But on the downside, my laptop screen decided to black out on me so it’s technically on hold. Probably a good thing to step away from it for a little while.

Rework on Anniversaries (the first book I wrote, it’s not even a Fantasy. For shame!) is still ongoing. Again, on hold due to electronic malfunctions. Still submitting that one to publishers. No dice but I shall not give up!!

Current WIP, The Dark Hand (a huge thanks to Chad for that title) is at just over 4,000 words out of an approximate 80,000…though that could change. Slow going with pen & paper but I’ve been transferring to my USB when I can get access to a comp.

Remind me again why I didn’t backup my other works on a USB?!?!

So…that’s it for now. Thrilling, isn’t it?