Monday, April 8, 2013

Progress: Easing Back In

I'm still taking baby steps, as far as getting back into writing is going. There are moments when I feel highly
motivated to do it. There are others when I have a sudden fascination with polishing my silverware, and must get that done before I can do anything else. It's symptomatic of what I'm dealing with.

It doesn't help that my writing group dissolved in all the chaos last fall. They had helped keep me on track and inspired. I haven't had it in me to try to scrape together enough interested members to try again.

I signed up to be matched up with a crit partner through the Authoress's blog (current submissions are closed, but she writes there will be another such event), and found not one, but two interested parties. Both of them had very similar feedback, and I bounced some ideas off them, and they were very helpful. I've been working on returning the favor, but it's going slowly. Not because of poor writing; I've been blessed with two gifted writers having found me. My motivation is just all over the place.

I had thought the feedback would lead me to work on book one, which is what I submitted to my crit partners. Instead, it got me thinking about book two, and I've been tapping away at that. Right now, I have 9960 words, and another five handwritten pages, waiting to be transcribed.

It's a bizarre way of approaching it, but, whatever can get me back to writing on a regular basis, I'll take.

Hopefully this time next month, I'll have tens of thousands of words more.

I've caught up on book reviews, for the time being, but I keep falling behind, in addition to my weekly blog posts. If you have an idea for a guest post, or if you have a request for a concept you'd like me to dig deeper into, please feel free to drop me an email or a comment.

Always feel free to drop me a comment. Yes, I do screen comments, in addition to putting it behind word verification. If you had any idea the flood of spam I was stemming before I added those steps, you'd know it's worth never getting another legitimate comment again.

But, I would like to hear from you. How are your projects? What are you working on now?


  1. I'm glad you are back at the keyboard. As I'm waiting to read your second book, I'm not going to complain that you are writing instead of revising ;)

    I like writing things out by hand. It gives me more freedom to think. Then when the ideas stop coming, I keep myself busy with transcriptions. My second book (a prequel to the one you're reading) is starting to take shape. I still have a bunch of notes to transcribe, but I made the mistake of submitting the first 2 chapters for critique. I've spent quite a bit of time this past month polishing those instead of finishing the first draft. Less to revise later, I guess.

    Good luck with your writing!

    1. Thanks!

      I've found that writing it out by hand forces me to revise as I type it up, so the first typed draft is more polished than if I'd just vomited it out onto my keyboard. I don't like handwriting, but I do like the end product. It's also easier than carrying my laptop everywhere.

      Good luck with your project, as well. I look forward to reading it.

  2. I think baby steps is just fine. If you go too forward, too fast you may just end up back where you started. At least that has been my experience.

    I'm happy that you found some critique partner's that are helping you move forward with writing. I also agree that writing by hand is helpful. I find that things flow more freely. My wrist aches, but my brain opens :)

    I'm working on two things - though I wish I could choose one. The first is a memoir about life with my mother, and why I love her anyway. The second is a fiction piece called "Genesis" that is expanding on some flash fiction I wrote last year and got a lot of "Are you going to turn that into a novel?" questions about.

    Again, really glad you're moving forward. and hope you know that baby steps are just fine :)

    1. Some people can work on more than one project at a time, and switch between them without a problem. I am not such a person, but I envy those who are. If you can't, it's fine to work on what you're inspired by, and poke at the other concept and do your research. I'm forever reading up on things I need to know for future projects, or finding inspiration in what I'm reading.

      I realized that just under 10k words is nothing to sneeze at for a couple of weeks of writing. I'm pretty pleased with myself now.