I want to, but I can’t…

My writing process over the past few years can be best described as an out of control roller coaster.  I can sit for an entire month and hash out a first draft without blinking.  Maybe a little blinking.  But then I hit a low point.

Unfortunately, I seem to be at that low point right now.  I finished a first draft, set it aside, tried to go back…set it aside.  Then I thought, maybe starting something new will refresh me and I’ll enjoy going back to write a 2nd draft on the last one.

I fleshed out about half of the next story, I even jumped in with both feet and I’m in the second chapter now.

Hit the wall.

Now I can’t make myself open the rough draft of my finished story or my 2 chapter current draft.  I open it, look at it and shut it again.  This has got to be the most frustrating time in my “process”.  I’m struggling to make myself sit down and focus on writing, I’m irritated with myself because I’m not writing and I’m listen to just about every vlog, pod cast and writing lectures I can.

My current favorite is a vlog by Jenna Moreci.  She’s hilarious.  If you want to listen to writing advice, while laughing?  Check her out here:  Jenna Moreci YouTube Channel

I’ve already listened to her entire set of video’s twice and I’m on the third time.  She has her novel out and you can find that here:  Eve, The Awakening.

I’m trying to keep my head “in the game” with listening to her and also, my all time favorite writing podcast:  The Dead Robots Society.  These guys keep me completely submerged in the writing atmosphere, even if I’m not writing.  Check them out!

All in all, I love writing and have a fantastic time living in “my worlds”, but struggling during this “down” time is rough.  Do I go back to one of the two drafts that are waiting for me?  Do I set them both in a drawer and try something else?  Am I getting bored with the type of writing I’m doing and do I try something completely different?

I’m not sure what the answer is, but hopefully it’ll come to me soon.  I hate waiting 😦

girl waiting

 

 

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LitKit Follow-Up (Review Month 3)

Well, it’s been three months and I received my order in full.  If you recall, I ordered the LitKit: https://litk.it/.  I choose a 3 month option to test out the products.  I immediately reviewed the first month because I was so excited about all the possibilities.  The second month, was a little more disappointing and I was slightly concerned for the last month.

To jump back a couple of weeks, my father suddenly needed open heart surgery, he’s 83 and it terrified all of our family.  It was a shock to our system and we were scared to death.  However, he is one of the strongest and active men I know and even though there was a lot of complications that could have arisen, he got through it.  Fast forward ahead, he’s now in a nursing recovery center and hopefully will be home within another week or so.  Thank you to everyone out there for your prayers and warm comments while my family got through this trying time.

RIGHT SMACK in the middle of this happening, I came home from another long day at the hospital, spending as much time as I can with him…to my 3 month LitKit.  Wow.  Just wow.  If they nailed anything, it was THIS MONTH.  I burst into tears because after everything I’d been through over the course of the week before…this was amazing.

My 3rd month included:

  1. “Novel Teas” Earl Grey Tea
  2. “Between Shades of Gray” novel, by Ruta Sepetys
  3. An adorable and well crafted coffee/tea mug with a ceramic spoon that fits IN THE CUP!  SO FUN!  “Live a life worth writing” printed on it.  My favorite item by far!
  4. “Sugar Books”, by Leafcutter Designs
  5. 2 vintage postcards from Argonaut
  6. And the ever present monthly calendar with writing prompts

This came at EXACTLY the right time for me and the items inside were perfect.  I couldn’t stop gushing about this month.  I’ll definitely be signing up again and looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!  I may have been a little hard on them last month, but 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.  Without a doubt, I would give them 4 1/2 stars!

Thank you, #LitKit for an amazing 3 months!  I’ll be back for more!