Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG and Weird Places

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for IWSG. Go here to check out the deets and visit with other writers that may have some good news to report or maybe provide encouragement for a down time they're experiencing.

As for me, I'm in a weird place. I have the words that want to be written, more than one series to finish, especially the one my daughter has come to love, and yet, my desire is hampered.

By what?

I'm of too many mind(s) to decipher. I can't even blame procrastination. I'm not trying to put off the writing. I just...can't.

Has anyone experienced this before? If you have, what did you do to get beyond the hindrance?

For the moment, I have my Chipmunk and Molly to love and hug so I'm not in a bad place...just a weird place.
Me and my Chipmunk, courtesy of Jamie Ferrell Photography

20 comments:

  1. I've been there. I worked out a solution to help me through. When I woke up, I grabbed a pen and notepad (which I kept on my bedside table) and before I even grumbled at the world, I wrote a sentence. This one sentence became two as the week went on and then half a page and so on until my writing vibe came back. Sometimes, we just need a break and should take it without feeling guilty. Have a lovely week Angela and be kind to yourself.

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  2. I know you'll get back to your writing. You have a lot on your plate and sometimes your mind may just need a little rest from it all. And spending time with your daughter is so important.

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  3. Yes, I have. Actually, I'm there right now. My first manuscript - that didn't sell - was a dream series of mine. I'd mapped out three books, etc... But I got discouraged when it didn't take, so when I wrote my MG novel I never thought about a series. But guess what? (Well, you know, but...) The MG sold and they'd like me to write it as a series. I'm thrilled, but frozen. Paralyzed that I can't do this, so much so that I don't even know how to approach making this into a series. I've been struggling with it for three months. I think I need to figure out what the series arc is and then plan the other books, but that means knowing how many books I want to write, etc.., right? #sigh See, I get it. But you know what? You will totally push past this struggle and your writing will be better for it on the other side. (hugs)

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  4. MOlly looks like she's one dog bone away from causing trouble. :)

    re: too many minds
    Your words reminded me of the movie, The Last Samurai. A friend tells Tom Cruise when he keeps losing at a sword match that he has 'too many minds', focusing on too many things. That's why he can't win. The trick is to have 'no mind'.

    Easier said than done, but there is truth in it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DAWlspPiuI

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  5. Sure, the time between my last few books was like that! It did come back though. I just kept thinking on it and that always leads to dangerous things...

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  6. Yes. Mostly, I was too sleep deprived post baby. Sometimes I think we let stress get the best of us too and the words just stop. So frustrating.

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  7. Maybe too many things to think about to focus on any one thing? Perhaps take a couple of hours to organize and make a plan? I need to take my own advice 0_o I'm in a weird place too. So I'm studying. LOL. I need more books on writing *sarcasm*. I NEED to write, but I'm not. What I need is to lock myself away for a week and get stuff done, but that ain't gonna happen.

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  8. You and Chipmunk are so cute together. If you can't write either start doing tiny chunks like maybe 300 words a day or week. Or you can try to do something different like an outing with the family, watch a movie, try knitting... Whatever that might help eventually curb the writing rut.

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  9. Sometimes I have to force myself to write. I just close my eyes, imagine, and type whatever's in my head. For the most part, that's enough to get me going and I eventually get into a groove. But maybe you just need a break? And then after some time off, you might be ready to tackle writing again.

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  10. Adorable picture! And yes, I know that weird place. Eventually you'll get that sudden motivation again and be back writing.

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  11. I, too, have been in that weird place. I mostly just try to distract myself with other things until inspiration or just simple desire comes knocking my door.

    Love the pictures of you and your Chipmunk and Molly. So great!

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  12. I felt like I was in that place for most of last year and a good part of this one so far too. I think I am finally out of it so I hope the same will be true for you soon.
    What a great photo of you and your beautiful Chipmunk. And also of Molly, can't leave her out. :)

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  13. This must happen to all writers. I feel that way at least two days a week. Write? But Why? What's it all for? I'd rather be eating chocolate.

    Maybe it has to do with the whole mom-runs-the-world thing. Think about kids. Think about finances. Think about food. Think about doctors. Think about schools. Think about laundry. Think about team sports. Think about family visits. Think. Think. Think. (Whew! That was tiring, and I didn't even get to the writing!)

    Maybe your muse is speaking but your head is busy thinking and can't hear. The whole "many minds" thing. Perhaps you need a day off, a veg day, a day to not think, to just be.

    BTW, beautiful photo of you and your son.

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  14. Maybe you need a bit of a break? Whatever it is, I hope you can find your way back to writing!

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  15. I think you should give yourself permission not to write. We all need a vacation at times, even when we love our job. Give your creative brain time to recharge, and your motivation will return!

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  16. I soooo understand! I'm very stalled in my writing. I just can't seem to get into it. Even doing little chunks at a time aren't coming for me. Is this writers block or just plain laziness? That's what I struggle with.
    At least we have our babies! Molly & Chipmunk are adorable!
    Maybe tomorrow we can write 200 words or something...
    (I'm the queen of procrastination. Why can't I just do it NOW??)... I feel your pain. :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  17. ADORABLE to hug and love for sure!! Time will come when you are ready. Don't fret! And thanks for the love and hugs on my blog. I miss your stories!!

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  18. I discovered a wonderful book called The Writer's Portable Therapist by Rachel Ballon. It helped me a lot. Maybe it can do the same for you. Good luck with everything! You've got a lot of talent, and I believe in you.

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  19. I feel like I've been dipping in and out of that weird place for about five months now . . . I start projects, and then they falter, and I have too many ideas. Life is full and good, and crazy, and I write, but I'm not sure it's going anywhere, so I stop for several days, and then start again.
    I don't know what to say other than the one sentence thing sounds good. :)

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  20. This spring I didn't write for two months. It was awful and weird and very anxiety-producing. I had too much promo to do for new releases, and too much teaching to do.
    I am now writing again. Something shifted. I am very grateful for whatever it was. I'd say, don't freak out, just let the story emerge when it's ready.

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