I am so honored to belong to the Yoakum Literary Club, a group that has been in existence since December, 1902. Since becoming a member, I have read some works that I probably would not have ever picked up myself. Everything on the schedule has been marvelous! Continue reading “Pitchfork and Pen—A Turkish Beauty”
I live in a very rural area by choice. In Texas, some call acreage the size of ours a “ranchette.” I think it’s just a farm and doesn’t need a fancy name. Continue reading “Pitchfork and Pen—Critter Not”
Recently I responded to a fellow writer’s Facebook post after she made a trip into an office supply store. Soon, a conversation ensued and several of us admitted to having a strange fascination for these places.
Continue reading “Pitchfork and Pen—Office Supply Addict”
How do you get a writer to freak out?
Well, it’s really not all that hard. We get bent out of shape over a lot of things. Continue reading “Pitchfork and Pen—What’s in a Name?”
I don’t think there is anyone in the U.S. that doesn’t know that our country is under the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey. Continue reading “Pitchfork & Pen—Harvey Wasn’t Just a Rabbit”
I love being a writer. Really love it. But if someone said to me that I could never write again, and I could choose some other fun thing to do, I think I would be a food critic.
Continue reading “Traveling Foodie”
Today I sent the last of the manuscript for book three in the Knights of Kismera series to my editor.
I can breathe a sigh of relief now. I had begun to wonder if I was ever going to finish The Dragon’s Tear.
I was about halfway through when the dreaded writer’s block happened—two months of nothing. Usually, I couldn’t write more than a line or two. Then the next day I would read over it and reject it.
I couldn’t even come up with blog posts or my newsletter. It was torture. UGH!!!!!
Then, one day it was as if the fog just blew away. The characters had things to say, and when I had time to write I couldn’t get it down fast enough. I still didn’t get the other writing responsibilities done, but it was because I was putting all of my energy into the manuscript.
I was discussing the progress of my writing and how I hated writer’s block with my family one day. My daughter looked at me and very calmly said, “But Mom, you get it at some point with every book.”
I thought it over and she was right. I lock up with every project. No clue why, but it happens with each novel.
Now I’m sitting here with mixed emotions. Is it just a normal part of my process? Do I have this issue to look forward to for any future work? Does that involuntary break make my writing better? Is being a frustrated writer “cool”?
The good news is that I have no shortage of ideas for future novels. I have at least four more in the file box in the back of my brain, as well as a few ideas that could become novellas.
So the plan of action is this: decide on the next project, sit down, start writing, and don’t sweat something that may or may not happen.
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