This is a tale of Anne’s woe.
We all have our writing barriers and blocks and it varies depending on each person. This week has been particularly challenging for me. I feel like I’ve had barriers thrown up one right after the other. If I were honest, I would admit that none were insurmountable. I just chose to give in to defeat and an extremely talkative five year old.
It started with a particularly challenging chapter that I was completely unmotivated to write at the start of the week. It took me two days to finally put it down on paper and get it sent out to Eric for an almost complete rewrite. Then I succumbed to a wicked head cold and a decongestant fog. Throw in two days of birthday cupcakes for the boys’ classes and the first day of spring break and I was done.
I barely managed to keep up with edits, because despite my own failings, my mother Nancy kept the word count coming on her project, Holly Virginia. The nice thing about writing with partners is that no matter which one of us is currently experiencing a minor life crisis, the other two keep the fires burning. We write together and function as our own best cheerleaders. But other writers have their own support teams and if you are one of them, feel free to lean heavily on your friends, family, editors, beta readers, publishers, and fans. They want you to succeed.
I’m finally feeling like my old self again and hope to make some inroads this week on Return to Gaia. We’re still in the final stages before publishing Cold Prairie and work continues on Holly Virginia and the Ocular.
I’ve had my coffee and despite the five year old sitting next to me carrying on a steady monologue about his latest art project, I’m making forward progress. Let’s see if I can keep it up.
Have a good Spring Break! Anne