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 😦