Putting the Pieces Back Together

How do I keep them steady?  image from depositphotos.com

How do I keep them steady?

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The creative spark has been difficult to reach lately. The lack of even the tiniest ideas really had me down. How would I be able to reach my creative goals in such a state? Was I blocked?

Over the weekend I caught up on some tasks that I'd neglected because I had been so busy the past few months getting my first novel released. It took lots of time, energy and creativity – not to mention thinking power. I had to turn into a publisher and a business person and that left me with little umph for artistic writing or expression. I realized I had created some bad habits in my exuberance to get my book out into the world. It was a birthing process and having never done it – I had a lot to learn. For a first release, I experienced a certain amount of neurotic behavior which is probably necessary for a lot of artistic endeavors. We have to expose our art to the great unknown or literally pushed them out of the nest. I had stopped all new writing.

Zero.

Not one word that wasn't edits or business related.

I had no room for short personal journal entries.

I had also stopped any form of creative expression, art journaling, crafting, what have you.

I had stopped recording my accomplishments. Until they were written down, it mostly felt like my wheels were spinning in a soupy lake of mud - no traction available and every turn a mistake.

No wonder my ideas were hiding. They didn't want to get attacked if they made a peep at me.

Peep.

Bamb!

Eep eep eep ….

The pathetic cries of my ideas limping in complete and total rejection to the creative writing ER. They wanted to be nursed back to health with jello and cable TV.

Wow … wait …

What just happened? Back to what I was saying.

I wrote down accomplishments, even the minor ones, both personal, professional, day job, night job, whatever, and realized that by ignoring my steps forward I felt like the steps toward my goals were far too many.

My ideas will recover and so will I.

I just started writing and they came out from hiding. Sometimes, forcing myself to do something is all I need to get motivated.

I need to make good habits and keep setting goals. I'm a writer so I'll write them down and see all the progress I've made for the next go around – Book #2.

April 19 2016 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back for Romance Weekly. 

The hop is a short one this week. Make sure to check out Leslie Hachtel’s post when you are done here.

I came up with this week’s topic from reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

Over the years of writing stories, I, like many writers, hear about the hero's or heroine's journey. As a part of the journey the main character runs into a Threshold Guardian that puts roadblocks or obstacles in their path to prevent forward movement. What Threshold Guardians have you, as an author, experienced in your hero's/heroine's journey to being an author?

I think there are several Threshold Guardians that authors run into at various points in their lives and careers. When I came up with this topic I was thinking about recent events that had been pushing me further and further behind on a self-editing project I desperately wanted to finish. Those events were a combination of what many of us experience with hectic jobs and family life, but also series of mild (and moderate) illness that occurred over several months.

I blame my toddler for these illness because if the todd came home sick I was guaranteed to get sick in a few days as well. (Your nodding your head if you’re a parent to little ones.) Unfortunately, as far as schedules went, the days I got sick were those dedicated to my writing and I was too miserable and tired to think clearly, let alone fix a broken plot and re-write the ending of a manuscript I had wanted to get off to an editor months before these said illnesses.

Funny as well (at least now that I’m not sick – I just knocked on some wood to make sure I don’t get sick this week) these illnesses also came with the change in season and seemed to last from October until April. So my Threshold Guardian was realllllyyyyy guarding the gate and I had a hell of a time kicking his butt to the curb. It’s a true test of an author to find the energy to push forward when energy is at an all time low. Throw holidays on top of this and it was like my writing and editing momentum came to a screeching halt.

I did make it passed this Threshold Guardian after realizing rest was necessary, a trip to the doctor for much needed medications, and that this too shall pass (eventually). I have since finished that manuscript and have moved onto the next one. I’m not saying I won’t be crabby the next time I catch a toddler bug (I’m past due), but at least I know this isn’t going to stop me from reaching my goal. Delays I can deal with (most of the time).

Thanks for stopping by. Hop on over to Jenna Da Sie’s post to find out what she’s experienced in her writer’s journey.

See you next week!

January 19 2016 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back to Romance Weekly and let me say Happy New Year since this is my first blog for 2016. Romance Writers Weekly has a weekly blog hop where we share information about the authors in the group and ask each other interesting questions. We link from one blog to the next so you can keep reading about our authors!

 

Before me in the hop today is the lovely Gemma Brocato, contemporary romance writer. I’m curious about what keeps her inspired and motivated to write. Check out her blog here.

J.J. Devine, author of The Cheyenne Bride, wants to know what inspires us and what motivates us to write.

 

I will say that I must have the winter blues, or the going-back-to-work blues after-the-happy-times-from-the-holidays because I haven’t had a lot of motivation for the month of January. I’ve been neck deep in edits and would really love to find some inspiration to start something new and fresh, BUT I know I have to get these edits finished! So I really had to think about today’s topic. I decided to break it down into 10 things that I hope will break me out of my funk. 

 

5 things that inspire me

1.     Making a goals list. It sounds boring and it can be, but if I’m setting monthly and yearly goals for both my personal life and writing life that can get the juices flowing. I’ll want to check those goals off. Usually the ideas start to pop up after that. The more personal goals I check off - the more writing time I’ll know I’ll have.

2.     Being around supportive writers!

3.     Music is inspiring. I figure out what the lyrics mean to me and apply them to an idea I have. Songs can become a backdrop for a character or an entire world for several characters. 

4.     Nature. It’s more challenging to get outside in the winter, but if the weather cooperates and I get some fresh air, I can find some inspiration in the beauty of nature.  

5.     Reading. Romance novels get me inspired because I want to be able to create something similar that will resonate with readers, but poetry and non-fiction also inspire me. A lot of time reading non-romance can inspire me more either because I want to change it into a romance or it just speaks to me and my ruminations about it create ideas.

 

5 things that get me motivated to write

1.     Reading also gets me motivated to write. Romance novels contain the inspiration and with that comes my urge to get busy and write my own romance.

2.     Movies and TV shows. I love the visuals that cinema and television give me. When I take a break and get immersed into a series (Netflix marathons!) then a lot of ideas come to me and the motivation to get them written down.

3.     Getting out of the house and experiencing something new. I went to a birthday party at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center. I was out of my element, but there were some ideas that came to me. What if a single Mom brought her child for personal instruction and a romance developed with the trainer? What if at the birthday party two former high school sweethearts were mutual friends with the birthday boy’s parents? 

4.     It hasn’t happened a lot in the past few months, probably because of the busy holiday months and the letdown of January, but waking up from a crazy dream can give me the motivation to immediately park my body in front of the computer and write all day.

5.     The feeling of accomplishment and the unique part of working on something creative just provides me with a satisfaction that’s enough to motivate me to get to my writing desk. Also, that’s probably why I get grouchy went I haven’t been at my writing desk in a few days. J

 

What a way for me to kick off my blogging year by thinking about what inspires & motivates me. Now, it’s time to put these lists to good use.

Hop on over to author Jenna Da Sie to find out what keeps her writing!

See you next week!