Saturday, September 19, 2015

Update for September

This month has been less productive writing-wise. I've had a lot of family come up to visit as well as a death in the family. Most evenings I've been too exhausted to think straight let alone write. I haven't let myself get too frustrated though. I used to get so uptight when I'd gone a handful of days without writing. There was an invisible taskmaster hovering in the back of my mind shouting at me that if I didn't take the time to write nearly every day that I'd fall under condemnation. Condemnation for what? Well, that's the thing; I don't have a set date to have book 2 out. I know when I'd like it to be, but I'm not going to put myself in a bad mood (and consequently make life miserable for my family) by trying to force the words.

I use to. Force the words, I mean. Then I found that I wrote a lot of drivel and in return had to spend three times as much time editing it. I'm taking a different approach, one that requires more thought and planning so I'll have less to edit when I'm through. The other thing I'm trying to do is relax and have fun. A story tends to be blah when you don't enjoy what you are writing. One of the major storylines has been singing to me. Ironically, it was the storyline I struggled with most in the first book. Enthusiasm for the storylines have flipped and now I'm analyzing why and coming up with strategies to learn to love my main storyline again.

Of course, all that is practically gibberish to you. Sorry. Unless of course you've read the first book and have a better grasp of what my storylines are.

Getting a copy of Trefury: Mendi's Curse is about to become more affordable. Check back in next week to find out why and how. I've at least been able to spend some time and effort on that.

Have you ever had to struggle to like a storyline or a character? Do you give up on the project at that point or have a strategy to persevere through? If you could summarize in one word what you look for in a story to make it enjoyable to you, what would that word be?

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