Thursday, July 19, 2012

Getting Better Every Day...

After not writing for a long period of time, I can attest to the fact that it's not east to get back in the saddle. In fact, it's down right hard. We all have tiers of importance, the most important things we must take care of on a daily basis to the less important. My most important is first and foremost my family, starting with my daughter of course and then my husband. My husband is currently in school online completing his B.S. in Anthropology. So once our little girl goes down to bed you'll usually find us both on our laptops, him working on an assignment and me trying to pound out part of my newest writing venture. It's good that we both have something we're working on. The television off, we set off typing, the clickety-clack of the keys our musical entertainment for the evening.

I have not written every night since getting back to things. I know if I do that I will burn out. So some nights I write (the other night 700+ words, a few nights before that over 1,000), other nights I read, and some I just relax on the couch and watch television. I could swear off the idiot box more and throw myself more into reading and writing, but we all need a break. For 40 hours a week I stare at a computer screen or read someones write-ups. Then I get to do something I love, be with my daughter having fun. And then it's making dinner, straightening up, getting my daughter ready for bed, and any other chores that may need to be done. And there are some nights, where I'm just mentally done. I don't want to stare at a computer screen or more words. I want to relax my brain and eyes into a sea of other people's made up worlds as they flash across the screen.

BUT, I'm getting there. I've written more this month than I have in the last five years since graduating from Seton Hill. Story ideas are flowing back into my brain. They come from nowhere and sometimes everywhere. That's something else I haven't felt for a while...the sudden glimpse of an idea or character that comes from something as simple and mundane as driving to work on the NJ Parkway (though if you're from NJ you're sure to think I'm crazy for saying driving on the Parkway is simple).

I feel a flow again and it's wonderful. The YA story I'm working on is definitely something I can take down many roads. But where to go first. My character Lindsey thinks she knows everything, but in reality she's lost within the fears of the past and the future. And I've taken on a critique partner who I hope will keep me in line and pushing toward deadlines. Knowing someone is looking to receive part of my work on a certain date pushes me ahead more.

If you're having trouble getting back into the swing of anything, really all you have to do is take your time getting back on that horse. Work it however is most suitable for your life.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Can't Concentrate...

I'm on my lunch break at work trying to figure out why I can't seem to get back on track with my writing. And as I look back at writing my first novel for my M.A. degree, I realize there was something there that I never have had before with my work. Deadlines.

Deadlines suck. I mean it. I used to hate my monthly impending deadline to get a few more chapters to my mentor at Seton Hill. But you know what? I got it done. Those evil set time frames forced me to pound out another two or three chapters (or more) every single month without fail. I didn't whine about writers block (well maybe a few times), I didn't go home from work and constantly stare at the televsion at yet another tv drama series. I went home and I wrote. And what I wrote was good.

So as I sit here on my lunch break writing this short blog entry, I wonder, why am I not writing a few new pages of my book right now? Why am I writing a blog that most people don't even look at and checking Facebook to see what everyone else is doing? Procrastination is a bitch!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Writing...It's Never Easy

I haven't posted in approximately 6 months. In that time I've put aside the novel I was reworking (Night Light) because it became a difficult project. I found myself going back and forth and not being able to make the right decisions for the book. So, taking the advice of others, I've stepped away from Night Light for the time being to begin working on a new project.

My new untitled project is a YA horror/thriller (not sure which it will lean more towards as of yet). It will be a cross somewhere between the Nancy Drew novels I grew up on and Dean Koontz (with a bit of Stephen King mixed in). I want it to be a novel that both young adults and adults can really delve into.

My main character is Lindsey Price. Her father decided to move her to a suburban town where she can live a normal life and focus on school instead of moving her from city to city as he'd done since her mother ran out on them years before. But the town of Blackwood is far from normal. Lindsey finds strange forces are controlling most of the residents, and eventually her own father. She's forced to figure out what evil is working in Blackwood before she is lost to it as well. Like being a teenager isn't hard enough!

So again begins my journey into writing. It's going slow, but I am trying more than I have in a long time. Even if it's just a paragraph at a time, I know I must write each day in order to bring this story to life and take it somewhere. And maybe once it unfolds I can take a look back at Night Light once again.