Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fighting Writer's Block

I've been employing word count to set goals for my writing, and using National Novel Writing Month guidelines as my guide.  This process has also provided me with data.

I think that I'd going to have to admit that my writing inspiration comes from a high power.  I have no other way to explain that for the entire month of February I only wrote 6,409 words and then in one day.  One day.  On Tuesday, March 1, I was able to write 3,207 words.

I'm convinced that my writing muse struck me upside the head this morning.  I love days when the words just flow, and death to anyone that even attempts to interrupt me from my flow.

To fight writer's block, the dread disease, I just keep moving forward - just not on a treadmill.
-I write, even if it just a couple words a day.  It keeps the story fresh in my mind.
-I read romance novels (just finished Kresley Cole's Sweet Ruin - amazing).
-I read books about writing, such as On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel that Sells by Leigh Michaels and No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty.
-I research for upcoming books and career. For example romanceuniversity.org is a great website and I'm thinking about going to the Romance Writers of America Conference
-I update my social media

One last thought about writer's block:  I don't know if it's because I'm female, but I also notice that the words flow more freely during certain periods of my cycle than others (puns intended).

Monday, February 8, 2016

First Post

Wow, I thought that writing the book was going to be the hard part.  Apparently, authors today, on top of the monumental task of writing, completing, editing/revising, and publishing a book, now also have to run social media empires.

It's not enough to be on Facebook.  You have to have a blog, and be on Google+, and have an email, and be on LinkedIn, and Pinterest, and Tumblr, and Twitter, and Goodreads, and have a website, and an Instagram, and be on YouTube, and have a newsletter/text message updates, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something.  Is Myspace still a thing?

Wow.  Updating and following all this social media, how do any authors find any time to write?  I'm surprised there are any published authors at all beyond the publishing of posting into the vapid ether of undiluted egocentrics all vying for your attention: look at me-selfie-look at me-selfie. 

However, in an effort to promote myself and my writing, I'm going to put myself out there.  I've set up accounts with most of the social media listed above.   

I've always been a private person, so uncomfortable doesn't even begin to cover how I feel right now.  Something that will help me will be to set a purpose for social media endeavors.  So, in addition to trying to promote myself and my writing, I also plan to share details about my writing process, including my struggles, resources and ideas to help other aspiring authors, and some insight as an English major and full-time English language arts and reading teacher in Wisconsin.