Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Is this writer's block? Come complain with me

I have no idea what I'm experiencing. Writer's block. Writer's apathy. Writer's I-don't-want-to-sit-down-and-write disease. Whatever it is, I'm frustrated.

I have two stories I should be working on but don't want to (wah!).
My WWI romance is almost completely edited. Reading the last edited chapter I realized I have a few plot holes. Now I'm revising and moving chapters around.
MY YA horror is in the writing stages and going through my critique group. They all love it except for the fact that my main character's journey/goals is not clear. At all. Drat. So I'm rewriting chapters.
Maybe I'm in an editing rut?

Is it time to put the two stories away for a few weeks? My goal was to have the WWI story done by the end of the year and queries going out soon after. Can I still reach this goal??

I seriously considered doing NaNoWriMo next month to help me creatively. I already have three NaNo stories waiting to be polished, do I really want another?
Phew! Thanks for stopping by and listening to my rant. I guess I needed to feel someone was in my corner :)

What about you? Is everything good? Or are you experiencing a rut too?
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year??


Julie Daines said...

I think I know what you mean. I've been in a slump lately too. I'm just waiting for NaNo to boost me back into writing mode.

But, you've got some great stuff and I don't think you should give up on any of that. Your horror is awesome! and why haven't we seen the WW1 romance?

I think the fall and all the kids back to school and the more rigid schedule is making people tired and a little apathetic. And, writing is so much work for what seems--right now--to be nothing! Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Taffy said...

Thanks, Julie! You're awesome!

Caledonia Lass said...

I think you might want to put it away for a couple of days, maybe not weeks. As for NaNo... I want to do it, but I'm torn. I've got lots going on right now, but I may give it a shot. I don't want to fail, but hey... I do want to write!
We'll see. Good luck getting out of your rut. I don't think it is a block.

Taffy said...

Thanks for stopping over, Mel! Good luck on your publishing journey.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I went so long without book writing (REVISIONS!) that I thought I had forgot how. I think I might have gotten my mojo back... I'm not really sure.

Alice said...

Lately I've been stuck too on a rewrite of my WIP so I went back and did some plot outlining after the fact and every time I get stuck i go back and revise my plot outline. For NanoWriMo you could always edit one of your novels in a month instead of writing a new one. I've done that before.

Lauren said...

I have to take time to recharge periodically. It seems to be just the creative stuff that has to go by the wayside while I'm recharging, though, so I can still edit.

Maybe that's where you are.

So when I'm recharging I read, or watch movies, or do nothing. Usually takes about a week before I'm back into it.

At the moment I'm just editing because I really don't want to start something new just in time for NaNo.


Taffy said...

Congrats to Peggy who still has the Mojo! She has an agent!! Sara Crowe! Go Peggy!

Taffy said...

You read my mind, Alice! I was thinking of editing my WWI romance for NaNo.

Taffy said...

Lauren, that was me to a tee! Come to find out, I had a lovely infection and it took a week for the antibiotics to kick in. I caught up on all the new TV shows!