I am stuck in a conversation with the universe’s oldest trickster. That’s where my revisions are at the moment. Chapter 25, the critical turning point. It’s about 250 words of text, and it’s stymied me into something like a catatonic state.

A small dusting of snow caused work to let out early on Friday. North of us got squashed by an apocalyptic blizzard.  Anything frozen sends everyone in my neck of the woods into a frenzy. One flake of snow and everyone is off to get milk and bread and hole up until clear skies and temperatures break forty.  It would have been, in normal circumstances, a great weekend to light and fire and just write. That’s not what happened.

New York – A Blizzard

Every time I sat down to write, gibberish came out. Absolute gibberish. I could not for the life of me construct an active coherent sentence. I know exactly what my book needs, but somehow my fingers touching the keyboards are not doing the job. I am in writer’s limbo. And it’s making me grouchy.

I am just going to blame it on the blizzard ignoring us, as blizzards are wont to do this far south of Hell. It’s either too cold with no snow or too hot with no rain. I can abide freezing if there’s snow outside, enough that no one can get to my house and I can have a fire, coffee in the day, and a good beer at night. I am an oddball that requires total solitude to really write. I don’t know what that is. I wish I could get over it, and simply be rude, and ignore all my visitors be they family, friend, or lost soul. Instead, I cook for them. Clean. Play games with them. Share the pug with them. And there were many guests, family, and friends this weekend. So less writing. IMG_0299

For the last four days of this week Janet Reid was ill and right in the path of that terrible blizzard. No blog. My, we the Reiders, are so worried.  Many of us started perusing other blogs from inside our little community. I read a few dozen, and I found some great stuff. I was particularly drawn to Lucie Witt’s Post on Editing as this is where I live right now. Another post I found most interesting belonged to Donna Everhart about reading being part of a writer’s job. I feel guilty both when I read (because I love it so much) and when I don’t read (because I should be). I can’t win.

However, discovering these new blogs  enriched the week, and tempered my editing angst with some new knowledge, a little solace, and more than a bit of inspiration. In fact, I will go out on a limb and recommend exploring other blogs when you’re feeling stuck or uninspired. There are some truly remarkable voices out there.


5 thoughts

  1. Morning…

    Why thank you for that little blurb above! I had no idea and something made me click on your name this morning to see what you were up to! I actually ran across another on Diane Major’s blog too – you guyz are so generous.

    About the editing. That is the part I LOVE. (I say this today. Give me until THE END on my latest and we’ll see.) But in truth, the pressure comes when I haven’t completed the story. I feel compelled, almost fiendish in my pursuit to finish. Yet I worry I’ve hurried it too much, and will have a helluva time when it comes to that editing piece. Anyway, keep going! This is for an R&R…I think?

    You’ll do it. You’re a good writer, and the fact you worry about your writing proves you’ve got the attitude it takes.


  2. Hi Donna, this is for an R&R. As well as for an outstanding full request from a pitch session. And the next round of querying. Which is why I am so anxious. I don’t want to take too long, but I am naturally a slow editor. However, I do like the results of editing. My book is so much better than I even thought it could be now. A lot of that has to do with Janet’s flash fiction contests. That really does help me sort out what is story and what is not. Even in the context of such an epic fantasy.

    I can’t wait to read your book on November 1st. (The Education of Dixie Dupree, right? For all my 10s of other blog readers). I am making arrangements to have it here the day it is released. I am actually going to buy a bookshelf just for the books of Reiders. I do believe it might have historical significance one day. My house is rapidly becoming a giant library. I do wish I had more time to read.

    Also, I have written the synopsis (what is the plural of that) for my next 6 books which made me feel really good. That is a great idea you gave me, writing the synopsis first. It doesn’t have to be written in stone, but it does make the actual first draft easier to get through. When do you have to present a second book to your publisher? Is there a deadline on that? Or is it whenever you finish, they get 1st option? I ask, once more moving that cart in front of a really frustrated horse…


    1. Geez…I was doing a Google search on DIXIE DUPREE (Long story) and realized you’d replied back here. I’m glad you like the idea of writing the synopsis first and that it’s working out! As to that second book…between me and you, and any flies on the wall here…the second book I’m working on as the “option” book actually sold already. Shhhh. 🙂 so yes, there is a deadline. Sept 15 or before.


      1. Wow! I am so excited for you. Is it harder writing under a deadline or does it help knowing this time you have bookshelves with actual readers waiting? I do wonder. I am now waiting for a couple of beta readers to mull trough the revisions I made on my first book. Then I am back in the query trenches and hopefully making good progress on book two. I have already ordered The Education of Dixie Dupree and I seriously can’t wait to read it. And I like the look of your new website. It’s really coming along.

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      2. It seems harder, but it’s also motivational. The hard part is b/c of family interruptions, my own self-inflicted angst (i.e. when a book sells, it becomes the high watermark for EVERYTHING ELSE after), and the knowledge of a looming deadline. I’ve made great progress on word count (73K towards a 90K – 100K as in contract) but I’m worrying half of that is crap I ought to cut out. Therefore, my goal was to write to 120K or 130K and then I’ll feel like I’ve got wiggle room for the chopping. 🙂


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