Well, it’s easy to go off the grid when I’m in WRITER MODE. I seem to miss work on my blog now and then because I get so wrapped up in the next story I’m working on. In the beginning of this month, I started writing my second book this year, and it’s going fast.
It’s funny how as a writer you can fly through some scenes and chapters, and others you stare at the screen for what seems like hours just to get going again. Well, I’ve had a mixture of this as usual this time around. Even with a very detailed outline, I haven’t overcome the semi-writer’s block at times. But thank the Lord I have more and more speed writing modes.
So, you want to know what I’m working on? It’s a romantic suspense set in Connecticut, one of my most favorite places to be. A stalker, a hero that’s not the right hero, and a heroine who’s too tough to accept help when she needs it most makes for a dangerous situation.
I’m almost at the halfway point! I LOVE typing that. Here’s to the next three weeks of mad writing. May it ever be in my favor.
Till next week…
“Muse me.” That’s what I always say to my husband when I need him to help with fresh ideas for my manuscripts. He’s the greatest idea giver I know. And, my writing wouldn’t be the same without him. That’s why I call him my muse.
Do you have a muse? That one person who feeds your imagination and helps you see things in a way you’d never considered before?
Lots of famous writers and artists have depended on them for centuries. From Shakespeare to Monet, they thrived on the imaginations and figures of their muses. Though they often keep them a secret from the general public, they need them and use them to the greatest depths of their capabilities.
Muses are capable of:
- Crazy advice on plot that might just work
- Sometimes bringing you back to earth when your ideas are a little over the top (or a lot over the top)
- Showing you facts that could add another dimension to your story
- Fleshing out a character’s motives
- Listening to you rave without comment
And so many more great things a writer needs to keep them sane and busily typing at their computer.
So how do you get one? It’s not easy. These are people you have to trust. And surprisingly, they aren’t usually writers or artist themselves. The best ones can not only give advice, but listen as well. They are someone vested in your future. They should be someone who knows you pretty well; who understands when you can’t take their advice. And, they should tend to be available at odd hours. Our inspirations and lack there of come at odd times, right?
Find your muse. Trust them. Build a deeper relationship with them. It’s a relationship worth nourishing.
It’s been a great week in the aftermath of the one day conference I attended last Saturday. As a writer, I love to be with other writers. They share the same passion and struggles as I do. They understand what it’s like to be up late working on a manuscript or to miss meals because you can’t get away from the computer.
Of all the professions for God to put me in, He chose a hard one. This writing thing can make you crazy. It can make you jump for joy one minute and cry the next. It’s kind of like being on a bungee cord. One minute you’re tumbling to the ground. You’re skirting death, but then it could be just one more second from springing to the heights of heaven.
Most of the time people survive these jumps, but the burden of not knowing if we will for those five seconds puts you on the edge. So too is writing. We ask ourselves will we make it, will the cord, that’s God, keep us from a free fall to doom, or will it snap and plummet us to the pit of never being published.
I believe that if we’re in God’s will and we push forward, keep making those jumps, He’ll direct us away from treacherous rocks and back into the sky of the publishing world.
Of course that means we have to strive forward. We need to keep listening to our instructors about the publishing world, learn how to tie on our harness of good grammar and remember our helmet of faith through these trying days.
Don’t forget the importance of connecting with other writers as I mentioned before. Whether you’re a Facebooker, Twitterer, Blogger make sure you’re reaching out and building relationships. Those connections can open a whole new world for you in the writing world.
So dear readers…jump.