Hi All, I know I’ve been pretty quiet, other than a random comment here or there on FB and Twitter, but there’s a good reason for that (and no, it’s not political 😉 excuse me while I scream into a pillow LOL). At the end of last month, I signed up with a one-on-one coaching company. This particular company isn’t for life-coaching. It’s specifically for writers, who want to work on craft and finish a book.
See I’d reached a point in my writing career where I’d SERIOUSLY questioned whether to continue. I’ve had a really bad case of writer’s block that started last summer and lasted through July of this year. To say it’s been crippling is an understatement. Life without the ‘voices’ in my head has been difficult. Couple that with the sh*t storm that is 2016 and it’s been pretty awful.
I tried everything to overcome the block (ie timers, writing at different times of day, changing stories, etc.), but nothing worked. What I did know, was that my writing wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I also knew that in order to get it to where I want it to be, I needed help. So I signed up with Author Accelerator to work one-on-one with an editor on the various craft issues I have. One of the things they ask you to do is set aside the books you have been writing and pick one of the story ideas you haven’t done a lot of work on. Believe it or not, that was hard, since I’ve been in the middle of the Pit Fighters for MONTHS.
I’ve been working with my editor for a little over thirty days and have written 10K, which for me is a frakking miracle. It’s also a LOT slower than I used to write. I’m having to relearn how to think about story, character, and craft. One of the biggest realizations is that I enjoy writing a lot more when I slow down and give the stories time to evolve.
I know there are readers out there waiting for the next books in my ongoing series. I really appreciate your patience and understanding. I know some of you have given up on me–and that’s okay. I totally get it. If one of my favorite authors stopped releasing books in a series I was looking forward to, I’d be upset, too. (I have had it happen.)
Doing this was honestly a Hail Mary for me. If this didn’t work, I was going to close everything down and walk away. (I still may close my FB pages down because I’m not entirely convinced it’s good for my mental health.) I am doing what I need to do in order to bring joy back to writing. I’m doing what I need to do to save the writer in me.