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."
~ from George Orwell's novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying
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
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.