Saturday, February 14, 2015

Those first steps

As I talked about on my web slog, I was having trouble with my current Works in Progress (yes, I'm doing 2 books at once) because I wasn't hearing the characters.

I don't mean literally hear them, although sometimes I do. But when I write, I have a movie in my head of what will happen. Until I get that movie going, writing is a chore.

January was a chore. I didn't have the movie. I now have the movie for one of the books, so the writing is going good. The other book ... I'm still waiting for the characters to step up and star.

I'll report in next month and let you know if they show up.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Churn: my new favorite word

I'm writing in between Churn.

Churn is all the stuff that happens that really isn't critical until it blows up in your face. It's the panic when you think you won't hit a deadline then the deadline gets pushed. It's your printer not working so you have to swap it out for a new one. It's finding out your book won't format right.

It's having all of that in the space of a few hours. Then something new happens to churn it up.

So yes. I'm writing in between a bunch of stuff at the Paycheck Job, home life, and other things.

But that's the key thing: I'M WRITING.

Now back to it.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Is it me, or is this getting harder?

I had huge deadlines in the Paycheck Job which sucked the life out of me. I used to be able to laugh that kind of thing off, but lately, the PJ has been just one big churn after another.

Of course, there are reasons for that, all out of my control. And I suppose that's what made it so stressful. If I could fix it, I would have, but I couldn't. However, I was the front man for the project, so I got the fingers pointed at me. My boss knew the truth, which is really what matters, but it it's annoying when others Just Don't Get It.

Anyway, that's behind me (I hope), so I can go forward. But it drained me of a lot of energy. I'm going to need a holiday to recharge.

Oh, wait. There's a holiday coming up. Serendipity!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Writing in between .... well, nothing!

No, that's not an ironic title -- I have made a LOT of progress on the Endless Dream series. I have 6 chapters to go and I'm done with Book 4. NO blockers, so far at least.

And I have fully fleshed out ideas for 2 new mysteries next year, and I can't wait to get started on those.

So I'm on a big push to finish up. Of course, now I'll be writing in between holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up. But it's different for me now. Family is all scattered and it's just the DH and me at home. So it'll be very low key and laid back, and probably won't interrupt my schedule too much.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I finish by December 1 -- I can't keep mine crossed, I'm too busy writing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writing in between wondering why the hell I'm writing

I seem to go through this phase now and again.

Remind me why I'm doing this? It's not for the sales, because those are miniscule. The only consolation I have is that others are having slumpy sales as well. A few people I know are doing good with their careers, but mine seems to have stagnated.

I'm not sure what that is, but I have a suspicion that with KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing, a.k.a., self-publishing), there's a lot of books out there and it's getting harder and harder to find individual authors. I also think other forms of entertainment are taking a chunk out of budgets. Movies, TV, video games, etc. -- it's all entertainment, and how many people actually sit and read a book anymore?

Ultimately, I guess it doesn't matter. I'm a writer, and I'll write. I may not publish, but I'll write. I might not have a book out next year (shock!) because I'm shopping around for a publisher, but we'll see. Stranger things have happened. I'm going to spend 2015 on promo and see where that takes me. If I don't see an uptick in sales, then fine.

I'll write and have fun doing it, and to heck with publishing.

We'll see....