On a personal note, thanks to everyone who dropped by my blog yesterday. It was great fun having so many visitors, the most visitors I’ve had in one day since I started this blog on April 17th. Procrastination, or the inability to sit down and write, speaks to a lot of writers.
For those who have not been writing and aren’t really sure why, let me tell you how I stopped spinning my wheels this week and finally got back to work.
For some time, I’ve been unable to write the next chapter of my book, just absolutely could not sit down and do it. When my mind and body rebel like that, there’s usually a good reason. I thought about it for days, then weeks. Finally I went back to my timeline, looked up airline, train, and bus schedules, and finally saw it. My timeline was screwed up. Something subconscious or unconscious had figured it out and was trying to let the rest of me know.
After thinking it over a little longer, I decided to pull the focus of the story back to one main character. I would cut the other viewpoint scenes and save them for another novel. I saved my WIP in a new file, so nothing would be lost. Then I chopped over 15,000 words from my manuscript. As soon as I hit the delete key, I felt lighter. I was energized. My enthusiasm for my novel is back. I’m writing again.
It wasn’t writer’s block. I don’t believe in that anyway.It was being stuck–knowing something had gone wrong with the story, something so big it needed to be fixed before I continued. I don’t usually edit as I go, so it had to be a serious flaw, one that would impact the rest of the novel. It was. It’s gone now. So I’m going back to work. See you Monday. I’ll be here (but don’t call me because I’m unplugging that phone and moving it out of reach.)