I may just stay up all night and write. I usually write better in the middle of the night. I don't know why, but my brain just works better in the night. If I can't sleep tonight, I may just get up and write until five or six in the morning.
My problem isn't a shortage of ideas. Book 6, 7, and 8 are all planned out (with room for minor additions), I have book 6 planned out completely, my problem is just in my writing. I get dissatisfied with how I've worded things or whether I introduced something too soon and should put it off a bit, then delete it, etc. That type of thing.
Usually the best thing that helps me with writer's block is to take a break from it, watch TV, go for a walk, play piano, go for a drive, etc and then when I get back to my laptop, the story just flows easily.
I'm confident that tomorrow will be an easier writing day!
Thanks for all the storyline suggestions. I hadn't really considered bringing some old characters back until a faithful reader suggested it (thank you :) and I realized that it is a good idea to bring Katie back, so she'll be back in book 6!
Also, the series will be never ending (until there are no book sales, at least).
Thank you for all your comments!
Ugh! I'm having such a hard time writing today! I can't seem to concentrate and my writing sucks! So far my writing has basically been: write, delete, write, write, write, delete, delete, cut out several paragraphs, start over, write, write, delete. Ugh!
I'm wondering if it is because my brain had been prepared to write The Dance and I'm trying to write DOTM # 6.
OR, I suppose it could be because today I decided to try to give up caffeine! Not a good day to give up caffeine! Ugh.
Okay, I've had a survey for my readers up for a while and now I've decided to put one up on my home page for writers!! If you are a writer, please take some time to fill out the survey on my home page. Filling out this survey will not collect or ask for your name, email address, or any other contact information. :) This will just give me feedback in advance of the release of my video series for writers that will contain ideas to get your creativity flowing again, if you find yourself stumped!
Elizabeth Ann Trigg
I have finally found out how to write 5000 or 10,000 words per day without getting distracted by Facebook, Youtube, research, talking, phone calls, etc. I unplug my laptop so that I only have the battery power to work on and refuse to plug it in until I have 5000 words written. My laptop battery gives me about 3 hours if I ONLY use my word program and not the internet or anything else, and only if I have one word document going and not a dozen or spreadsheets or anything else. So, to preserve the battery life, I ONLY write on my book, and to make sure I can get the 5000 words before the battery runs out, I have to really stay focused on what I'm doing. I just wrote 5000 words in two and a half hours, without so much as a bathroom break.
So, now I'm going to leave my laptop charging while I take a dinner break and then come back and do another 5000. It is the best method for staying focused, at least for me. I love a good challenge and racing against the battery is sort of like a game. And it is a real sense of accomplishment when I make it!
I just thought I'd share that. I would be interested to hear from other authors that try this technique and if it helps! If you are a writer and you try this, feel free to send me a comment on my 'contact me' page. I'd love to hear from you!
I had to be away all day yesterday so I didn't get to write. Today I've been trying to make up for it but I've got a commercial pitch deadline on Sunday and my book, Teenage Millionaire is supposed to be released tomorrow. I'll be working all this week and then I may take a day off sometime in the middle of next week. I just took a few minutes to walk through the apartment . . . just long enough to consider that if -- at some points -- writing a book can be so torturous, why do I do it? I actually pondered that for a few minutes and then answered myself: because I can't help it!
I cannot help writing. It is a passion that is so much a part of me that I cannot just not do it. I write because I MUST! It isn't a choice, like maybe some other careers are, it is mandatory for me. When I go too long without writing, I feel like I'm dying. So I write.
Thanks to everyone for filling out my surveys on my home page . . . if you haven't done it yet, please do! :) No personal information is required!
Have a great weekend, everyone! When I come up for air again, I'll do another blog post!
It seems that whenever I get stalled on my books and begin to wonder if I've made the wrong choice in going full time as a writer, I get a lovely letter from a reader and that confirms to me that I'm doing the right thing by writing my books. All it ever takes is one letter from a reader that tells me that my books are being enjoyed. I love getting these letters and I read and answer every single one.
When I was a teenager and I used to hear actors say they appreciated their fan mail and they read every single letter, I never used to believe them. I used to think, when do they have time to read and answer letters? That always put me off from writing fan letters when I was a kid, but now, as an adult, I can see that they probably really meant it.
When you're working at any kind of business that is so directly related to the public -- ie: if the public doesn't like it, your career is over -- the hours are so long and the creative process so intense that sometimes you forget to look up. When your head is down and you're busy creating and being productive, it is so easy to get lost in the fictional world you create that sometimes, when you do look up for a moment, you are quite surprised to realize that what you're doing is actually making a difference, touching someone's heart, bringing joy to someone. That is what I write for -- for the joy of writing for myself, and the joy of reading for my readers.
The bond between writers and readers is so magical. We can be millions of miles apart, and something that I write today can be enjoyed by people years into the future who will have that tiny part of me, long after I am gone.
(In other news: I'll be posting my book release dates on my home page here, and will soon be getting my Facebook public page online and my personal twitter account! Stay tuned!)
While usually I feel productive at the end of the day because of writing, sometimes I don't feel productive at all, no matter how much I've written during the day. On days like today, I wake up and feel like writing is a waste of time. I know, I know, that is a TERRIBLE thing to say, but all writers must admit that being a novelist is not always a bed of roses. In fact, writing for a living can be like walking through a field of thorns, sometimes barefoot.
What I mean is, although writing itself is my passion, sometimes it is too fun! Sometimes I actually feel like this is preposterous to make a career of -- I feel as though I'm playing all day! Writing is fun. Writing all day, immersing myself in a fictional world that I create and control, is (to me) the equivalent of being told it's okay to sit in front of the TV all day and watch my favorite shows, or it's okay to play Sims all day (yes, I love Sims! Can't wait for Sims 4!) So, I guess, I end up feeling a little guilty inside that I'm not doing 'real work' and that is what makes me feel unproductive at the end of the day. My mind does the calculations and the budget and then realizes that I shouldn't be wasting my time writing books -- I need to get out there and earn a living!!
So, this is a whole other brand of writer's block. I don't even know what to call it. But I have found a cure for it (I think). On a day that I wake up like that, I allow myself to indulge in the notion that writing isn't a 'real' career and do a little freelance work. On any given day, my chosen 'real job' for the day could be anything from filming stock footage to making a book trailer for someone else, to making a commercial for web or TV on spec. Today I chose the commercial.
I know that at the end of the day I'll have a commercial produced (hopefully at the end of today, if not, at least by tomorrow), and hopefully ...hopefully!!... it will sell. Regardless, I've managed to convince my brain that I've done something worthwhile today and tomorrow I should be able to write with ease and hopefully finish my novel. It is taking me forever to finish it!
I always have to play mind games with myself. But I'm on a deadline to generate an income or I'll have to really go out and find a 'real job'. Ugh! Happy writing, all!
I didn't write at all today because I needed a break from 'having' to do anything. But this evening, I couldn't help myself. I came up with an entirely new plot about a boy that is reincarnated. That book will probably be next after this one. I hate taking a break from writing because what happens is, I end up getting even MORE new ideas, and I just can't keep up with myself! That's a great thing though, because I don't worry that I'll ever run out of ideas to write books!
I worked on a funny video today, called The Feet People, and I'll probably get that finished on Monday. It should be very funny and I'll be sure to post it here!
It's amazing how the brain/mind works. I'm totally fascinated with the brain/mind (I say brain/mind because I believe the brain and mind are completely different things, but I do need both of them to create fiction books!!). I was getting tired of writing every single day and feeling kind of burned out, and then, just by taking ONE full day completely off, my brain is anxious to get going again! So, the solution to writer's block is to take a break, not to push through when you don't 'feel' it. At least that's how it works for me. I'll be writing with gusto on Monday!!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
I am a Canadian novelist whose life is much more exciting inside my head.