“It is hard to wear a gun in St. Louis in the summertime. Shoulder or hip holster, you have the same problem. If you wear a jacket to cover the gun, you melt in the heat. If you keep the gun in your purse, you get killed, because no woman can find anything in her purse in under twelve minutes. It is a rule.”
Excerpt From: Laurell K. Hamilton. “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter #01 – Guilty Pleasures.”
Beginning March 1, I’ll be starting my new job and then a few weeks after that, I’ll be going back to school after a year-long break (not by choice). I definitely have a lot of anxiety at the prospect of these two major events and with that anxiety comes the instability of my writing mojo.
I was on a roll with TE. I’m working on Chapter 10! I never knew I could even get this far. But here I am. I’m scared that I might not be as productive with writing once March hits but I hope I can figure something out.
As I’m learning how to tighten paragraphs and chapters in general, I’ve decided to change the POV layouts for TE. Before, in chapter 1, there were a total of 4 POV switches. Now, it’s just one POV. I’m a little anxious to do all of this because I fear it will alter the timeline of the story, but at the same time I’m excited because… I think this will really amp-up the characterization (which I’m still working hard on).
These past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on three different stories. Two of them are set in the Akhirian world, and one is set in the real world where I actually used to live once. I find that working on multiple WIPs keeps me engaged.
While my mind is trying to solve the mystery of the next chapter, I’m on another story actively continuing the story where it’s left off. For some reason, that’s how I seem to work best. I also began outlining chapters with the intention of establishing five key points:
1) Seamless continuation + Exposition
2) Action + Plot forwarding
3) Conflict + Plot forwarding
4) Ideas for next chapter
5) Tension & Hook
Also, in other news, I’ve downloaded a trial of Scrivener. I didn’t like it before but now… I like it! I think I’m going to purchase it as I’m tired of Word. I love Word but right now I really need to organize my scattered thoughts, because that’s the only way I’ll move forward in my writing at this point, and Scrivener allows me to do that better than Word.
For whatever reason, when life gets busy, my muse deserts me. April is a busy month for all sorts of reasons that I won’t get into, but I’ve learned something from all this.
I’m not mentally or emotionally agile.
When things get rough, it takes me a while to settle back down. I’ve tried so many things to get my mojo back (reading, watching movies, feel-good music), but so far nothing’s working. I was able to finish Chapter 6 after a short block, but now the block is in place again. This time it feels like it’s worse, like I’m suffering some kind of writing post partem depression.
Scribophile has been a really great resource for me ever since I joined a couple of months ago. It’s been getting me in the right frame of mind to approach my WIPs again. I actually went ahead and created a group there because I got tired of repeatedly searching for works to critique. So far it’s proved extremely convenient for myself and others. Well, at least I think so. 😉
Once I upload Chapter 3 of TE, I’ll reward myself with a premium account so then I’ll finally be able to save in-progress critiques!
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a domain. With this website, I plan to share my writing process as I chronicle my journey to becoming an indie author.
Thanks for visiting!