Two-week respite? Or writer’s block

Maybe a little of both. Been tremendously busy, been a bit rejected by the rejections, but find that I can’t quit writing. Even if no one reads it.

Tahoe

I hope to some day include the smells and sensations I experienced visiting Tahoe and Gardnerville in a book – the turquoise, electric blue, and blue-green of the lake, the snow-shredded mountains, the 100-foot pine trees.

Being 7,000 feet above sea level was a bit exhausting for this flatlander.

An Easy Read

There are so many books out there with deep moral meaning, life lessons learned, diversity at the forefront that sometimes one needs to read something familiar, and easy to devour. Such is John Grisham’s A Time For Mercy. We return to the same town, same lawyer as in A Time To Kill. I’d recommend this book because the writing is the tight, page-turning stuff for which we buy Grisham. Plus, those who are fascinated with the inner workings of the legal system will be more than satisfied.

First time writer’s block

I have a great premise, but no plot. My protagonist is a really interesting guy but I need to get him into

trouble and that’s where I’ve been blocked for several weeks. *sigh*

I used to mentally scoff at folks who said they felt blocked because there are so many aspects of life that

are interesting and stimulating.

Ima go to my doctor and ask for an anti-block medicine.

Premise must be boring

So many agent rejections state that my ms is not “the right fit for me at this time.” Or words of a similar nature. I understand that agents have to be prognosticators when it comes to publishing since it can take over a year for a book to print and who knows what will be devoured by readers in 1+ years?

Obviously not me.

My routine

Writers tend to fall into a routine. But one cannot copy the routine of even famous writers. I’ve tried. Our circadian rhythms and creative juices all flow differently. Some folks can work until midnight. My mind shuts off around 8:30 p.m.

I tend to be most productive at six in the morning. Then the day begins and life interferes. The need to pay bills, make lunch, do chores. Of course, rainy, stormy days are wonderful because one simply CAN’T go out and mow or rake or shop or whatever thus leaving room for writing. But I do love to read about other writing routines.

Agents seeking diverse voices

If you go to MSWL many agents are seeking diverse voices. I also like to read offerings

from such authors. But as I look back on books I’ve read, the writers have been diverse.

We just didn’t label it that way – Jack Kerouak and his strange journeys, Dr. Dolittle and

his ability to speak ‘animal,’ and the very strange, very addicted Edgar Allen Poe.

So proud of my cp

My long-time critique partner recently had her debut book released into the world – Elissa Dickey’s Speed of Light. And, while that’s wonderful, she is also working on her second novel that has been picked up by the same publisher. So, so happy for her.

A love-hate relationship with revising

Make no mistake about it. Revising is HARD work. Simply doing a word search for such modifiers as ‘just’ and passive voice indicators such as ‘was,’ yields hundreds of results. But eliminating or replacing those words makes for a much tighter manuscript. I only wish it burned calories.

Help For Self-doubt

I have a strong belief in my current manuscript and have send several queries. No bites. Here is where #beforemybookdeal helps the inevitable depression and self-doubt. It’s a twitter group who posts the extreme setbacks they encountered before they were pubbed. One man, who is now published, had an agent tell him that perhaps he should not waste his time writing. Another man sent 100 queries before he found an agent for his book. I have sent out 96, but for five different manuscripts. So I set my mark for my current ms at 100. If I do not even get a nibble, I, too, may consider getting out of writing.