The Quidell Brother's by Kris Austen Radcliffe
This past weekend Mr. Reuel and I went on a weekend getaway partly for our Anniversary (which was last month) and partly for the Ellora's Cave Romanticon book signing. A couple of days at a hotel, dinner out, and a book related event. What more could I ask for?
It was a wonderful writers retreat weekend with soaks in the hot tub to relax my tense muscles, no kids demanding attention, brainstorming sessions for the upcoming books in the Dásreach series, and getting to chat and discuss series ideas with other authors.
At Romanticon I not only got a chance to speak briefly with one of my all time favorite authors, Laurann Dohner, but I also gifted a print copy of "Finding the Dragon" to her. I was lucky enough to have her answer a few of my questions while I was writing the book and she has always been an inspiration to me any many others. Many times her words about her day, her recovery after her stroke, dealing with strange messages/emails from fans, and of course her unusual tastes in clothes, music, and movies has provided a moment of laughter or clarity. Giving her a copy of the book seemed the least I could do for someone who inspires so many and was a huge part of my own path for following my dream of being an author. She is one of the sweetest ladies and if you haven't tried her books you really should - they're AMAZING!
Turning a Dinner Out Into A Business Dinner
One thing Mr. Reuel and I both enjoy is a really good dinner out. However, when you are a "small business owner" eating out becomes a thing of the past. All of your free money seems to go into the business and you just don't have the money for the extra things. So, how do you make a dinner out a business expense that will allow you to take it off of your taxes thereby reducing the expense?
Well, one way is too make it a brainstorming session... LOL
Finding The Dragon has been released for just over a month and is doing better than my expectations. However, I have many people asking about book two in the Dásreach Council Novels - readers want book two NOW. I want book two NOW. Where is book two?
Cue the creepy music and the shadows stalking my every move.
Before the release of book one, I had a good start on the outline for book two, it should have been a walk in the park to get started on this book. The characters had already been introduced in book one and I already knew where they were and what was happening.
Hello book promotion for book one? You need me to create images, swag, and do giveaways? You want me to spend hours and hours on social media working to get my book in front of as many readers as possible? Okay.
Bye, book two.
Enter the cold from H - E - double hockey sticks. Allergies. And, two plus weeks later I sort of felt better. Time to get back to book two. Completed outline and feeling pretty confident. Happy with my ideas.
Kids activities. Family actually wants fed. I read a few reviews and deal with some bad situations. My anxiety issues kick back in. Sleep is allusive. I'm exhausted and can't think. Seriously, when am I going to feel healthy? My distracted and groggy mind decides that it can only handle working on artwork and graphics for the book and series. Oh, and I still need swag. Swag ideas anyone?
Finally open Scrivener and stare at "Chapter 1" and a steadily blinking cursor. How in the world am I going to start this chapter. The first chapter needs action. It's need to grab the reader and pull them into the rest of the book. Steadily blinking cursor. Oh, look a recipe for "Lazy Day Cookie Cake." I have those ingredients. It won't take long I'll just pop to the kitchen whip up desert and come right back to Chapter 1.
Writer's Block is a state of mind where an author can't produce a new work.
"It was too big for him, that was the truth. It had never really progressed, it had simply fallen apart into a series of fragments."
By this point I think you can realize that I am solidly ensconced in writer's block. I'm trying everything to get back the "mojo" that helped me write 5,000 words a night to finish book one. All nighters that created the layout, files, graphics, cover and editing, editing, and more editing were only a few short months ago. Now... I'm simply tired and frustrated. I feel like every inch I climb up that wall causes me to slip two more. And, more readers are asking "where is book two?"
I received some really good advice from Molly Harper (she posted it on her Facebook page)... "[if you are struggling with writers block, don't worry about what you can't write, write what you - even if it's an email to a friend or instructions to your baby sitter. Just write. And that is exactly what I've been trying to do. Writing posts for social media, communicating with friends, writing reviews, and now this blog post.
Overcoming Writer's Block - Tips
Take Notes - keep a notebook handy and write down ideas and thoughts when you have them. Don't worry about structure, just get it down, whether you use words or images doesn't matter.
Freewrite / Brainstorm - take 10 minutes and write down everything you can think of about your topic. If you can think of anything just write blah, blah, blah over and over. Don't worry about sticking to a topic, write what you think when you think it. This is a good way to inspire your mojo.
Piecework - beginning at the beginning can sometimes cause "Perfect Draft Syndrome." It can be easier to write a later chapter and come back to the beginning when your mojo is on board again.
What I Really Mean Is - Stressing over finding that perfect word or phrase can cause a sink hole on your page. In this case don't worry about making it "beautiful" just write what you really mean. Once you have your meaning down, it can be easier to play with the phrasing.
Satisficing (satisfy + suffice) - "satisficing" is when you accept the first reasonable solution instead of searching endlessly for just the right word or phrase. If you're unhappy with the choice, you can mark it and promise yourself you'll fix it during your edit.
I don't know about you, but I'm going to reach the top of that wall. No more buying new inventions. No more impenetrable walls blocking my way. I have the necessary tools to dig in and get the job done.
Josette Reuel is an avid reader of many different genres - her passion is mostly Sci-fi and Paranormal, especially Romance, but she also read's contemporaries, historicals, and much more.