Writing When It’s Hard

2 Feb

I’ll admit, the last couple weeks have been very draining. THIS post is a lot of it, although having been unemployed except with the odd job for the last two years is starting to really effect my writing-working brain too. Sometimes you need something outside yourself to keep you going. Sometimes, no matter how much you love the story and the characters, the passion to tell it seems to have receded and created a little writing whole in your heart.

 

Sometimes, you need others to encourage you.

 

And I’ll admit, I’m lucky enough to have that.

 

For the last couple weeks, my beta readers have been a lifeline — a pushy one, but a lifeline nonetheless. I have been threatened with kidnapping, death, torture and suicide if book two doesn’t come their way soon. One mentioned I may want to go review Stephen King’s Misery (yes, Misery, not On Writing) and get my butt in gear.

 

Moonmarked (book 2) is currently one page long. Ok, start number 3 is one page because I keep cutting — If anyone wants 37 pages of backstory, let me know. If you’re playing along at home, you know this is because I did what “They” told me too — the whole “don’t keep working on a series because you don’t know if anyone will want it” thing — I’ve decided — is absurd, and I’m sorry I took the advice and started another project “just in case.”

 

Now, I’m getting back to Moonmarked and couldn’t be happier. The characters are starting to be richer, to tell me why they are the way they are, to come to life and (either godforbid or thank goodness) be pushy.

 

The honest truth is though, without the “encouragement” (read: threats) to put the other projects on the backburner and refocus on the marked series, I’d be working on my YA RomCom’y full out (which I really enjoy) and completely ignoring the Fantasy series (which I’m passionate about) — No doubt when I’m done with it I’ll become passionate about the RomCom stuff, but right now, it’s back to my own little world.

 

And maybe those pushy people…er…beta readers…they’ll be happy getting to see page two as story collateral.

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5 Responses to “Writing When It’s Hard”

  1. MoJo February 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    If you’re playing along at home, you know this is because I did what “They” told me too — the whole “don’t keep working on a series because you don’t know if anyone will want it” thing — I’ve decided — is absurd, and I’m sorry I took the advice and started another project “just in case.”

    Well, it’s about durned time. 😉

  2. briaq February 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Yup, i’ve been reading old notes in margins, listening to old playlists, generally just getting back into the world. No more listening to what THEY say.

    I’m currently Theyless 😉

  3. Celise February 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    It always helps to have people pushing you. For me, right now, it’s a copyeditor who got to the halfway point in Book One of my own series and said that she’s completely lost. I made some changes before sending my work to her before I went on vacation. The thing is, I didn’t get a chance to make the REST of the changes. It’s good to know she had the sense to stop and let me know.

    Hearing feedback like that is a little daunting. Especially when you want to release the book this year, and are hoping to start sending out ARC’s in June.

  4. briaq February 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    It’s better to have her on your team than not, right? That’s great about getting it out there soon! Congrats 🙂

  5. Meghan February 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    YEAH BABY!! As one who considered kidnapping you and locking you in the Maine house until Book 2 was finished, I’m thrilled you’re back at it! So you can put away the restraining order form. I won’t be after you just yet, Bria, but don’t make me wait a year! LOL Love ya! Meg

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