Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Insecure Writer's Group: Feeling Disillusioned

It's time for another installment of the insecure writer's support group. For more information about this wonderful group, please click the following link: Alex J. Cavanaugh

Hello all, I hope you had a productive writing month. I keep hoping to find time to make headway with my new novel, but life keeps getting in the way. I'm insecure that neglecting it will cause me to throw my hands in the air and give up.  I love writing, but lately, I feel like it's not meant to be. The more time that passes between writing sessions, the more disillusioned I feel. Have any of you gone through these conflicts? If so, how did you overcome them? Until next time, my friends. Happy writing. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Struggling To Get Into The Mind of A Sixteen Year Old

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this fabulous membership click on his name.

This month I've had a heck of a time completing chapter three of my new YA novel. The words just aren't coming. In the past,  whenever I've been blocked, it was due to writing myself into a corner. Essentially, I didn't know where I wanted my characters to go. This time around, I took measures to prevent this from happening again. I outlined the story and completed an extensive character sketch. Despite my efforts, I'm still struggling to get into the head of my sixteen-year old main character.

In chapters one and two, it took me forever to capture her voice. Thanks to feedback from members of my writer's group, I finally did it. Three is tough because I'm introducing new characters. My MC, who is an urban girl, is experiencing a rodeo for the first time as well. I keep asking myself how a teen would react to this, what would go through her head. I should know since I have three of them running around my house. Yet, I keep drawing a blank. I even went as far as asking my kids for feedback, but they gave me that lights are on but nobody's home look, which didn't help. I've read several YA books, so what gives?????

I'm beginning to think my muse took a permanent coffee break. Have any of you had similar experiences? If so, I'd welcome any and all feedback on how to get my muse to return to her day job.  Until next time my friends, happy writing.

Signed, sincerely frustrated.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Struggling With The Right Writing Process

Hello all, it's time for another Insecure Writer's Group installment, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you'd like to learn more about this wonderful membership, please click on his name.

January was an eventful writing month.  Although I only completed the first two chapters of my new novel, I'm quite proud of them.  I'm working on chapter three right now and it's a bear.  I have to introduce three new characters who are pivotal to the plot. It's a YA novel. I didn't want to do the cliched, meet everyone in high school gig, so I'm introducing everyone at a rodeo instead.  Since the piece is set on a Cheyenne reservation, I thought this would be appropriate.  Needless to say, it's challenging to present all these components without slowing the pace.

Given how slowly I write, it might take a month to complete the chapter. Several authors I've met have suggested I write without worrying about content, etc, but I've found this makes more work at the end. I understand the "Writer's Trance" as S. King calls it, helps the writer get down her ideas, but I outline so they're already on paper. I've tried to write without stopping time and again, but my Type-A side won't let me get far. I have to mull over the prose, then rewrite until I'm satisfied. I'm insecure that my process is wrong and it'll take forever to finish my story. Do any of you struggle with these issues--If so, how do you get past them? Until next time, my friends. Happy Writing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trying To Get My Writing Groove Back

Hello All,
Well, I guess the El Nino heat wave has passed. We're about to get slammed with snow here in WV.  This could be a good thing.  I'm working on the second chapter of my new novel, a YA Fantasy set in Lame Deer, Montana.  Several months had passed since I finished my last novel and I'm rusty.  The words aren't flowing like they did when I wrote on a near daily basis.  Hopefully I'll get my groove back.  Have any of you experienced similar problems?  If so, it would be nice to know how you overcame them.  Until next time, happy writing.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello All,
It's time for another ISWG.  If you're interested in learning more about this wonderful group, please go to Alex J. Cavannah's site.

First of all, Happy New Year. As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short. Better late than never I say.  I'm really looking forward to what 2016 will bring. I won't bore you with the usual resolutions, etc. What I will say is I plan to have a completed first draft for my new novel by the end of the year.  Yes, it's ambitious, but I'm going to try.  I've dove into my second novel and so far, I've completed the first chapter and am slowly moving through the second one.  Do any of you have ambitious plans?  If so, I'd be interested to know about them.  Also, if you have a special writing schedule set up that streamlines the writing process, I'd welcome some new ideas.

Last, but certainly not least. I wanted to thank everyone in this wonderful group for all the support you've offered me over the years. I truly couldn't do this without you all. Until next time, happy writing.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Feeling Frustrated

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavannah. To learn more about our group, click on Alex's name.

As you all know, last month I was in the throws of outlining my next novel.  After it was completed, I realized, much to my dismay, that the plot was derivative. Not all of it, but enough so that I needed to work on it some more.  I finally came up with a unique concept that I don't think has been done yet. The problem is it completely changes the story I had in mind.  Now  I'm having a hard time coming up with the ending as well.

 I really hoped to have the outline ready in time for Nano, but no such luck. Worse, most days I work. By the time I sit down at night, my brain is fried. With only a few days a week to devote to my novel, it's going to take forever to complete.  Don't get me wrong, I'm going to keep pecking away at it, but sometimes I just wish there were more hours in the day. Has anyone else experienced these types of feelings. If so, I'd be interested to know how you overcame them. Until next time my friends, happy writing. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'm Back and Boy It Feels Good

Hello All,

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It seems hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I have always been a supporter of the ISWG, but my life came to a point where I just  needed a break from the world of writing.

As many of you know, I had completed my novel and was in the middle of the querying process. A couple of agents showed interest in the project, and so did  an editor with one of the publishing houses.  That sounds great right--a new author getting that kind of attention? Well, as it turned out, it wasn't quite the attention I had hoped for. One of the agents and the editor suggested I make major changes to my project--cut whole sections, etc, and then send it back to them. It would have taken months, maybe a year to complete the work. I wasn't opposed to the rewrite, but the problem was neither one made any promises of publication. Nor did they even hint at it.

After five years of working on the book, I just didn't have anything left to give. Disillusioned and disappointed, I set the project aside. A large part of me wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue the craft anymore. If felt as if I'd lost my passion.

Then, one day while cleaning my office, I came across my ideas book.  As I thumbed through the pages, I suddenly realized just how much I'd missed writing. I seized the moment and began outlining my next novel.  Three weeks later, I'm finally on ACT III.  I  haven't felt this excited about a project in months. It's a YA Fantasy set in Montana.  I was a little concerned it might be derivative--share comment elements with another story--- a young girl moves to an Indian reservation. However, the plot is so different,  I decided, what the hell--write the book I want to write and let the chips fall where they will. Soooo, l guess what I'm trying to say here is, I'm back and boy it feels good. Until next month. Happy writing.