I apparently took a huge break from writing over the month of February. My early morning writing sessions burned me out and removed from me some of the other things I enjoy about the morning. I love taking time to sit and enjoy breakfast while I watch The Today Show. That’s my inner journalist at work. I absolutely hate starting the day without news and my one complaint about weekends. The morning news is never on as late as the weekly news, so by the time I wake up and turn on the TV during the weekend, the news has already concluded.
In a perfect world, I would sleep in until 9 in the morning, happily watch the morning news over breakfast, then pack up and make my way to a library or café to write. I don’t tend to be an attentive writer. I’ll cover a few pages in my note book, then spend the next hour looking at name meanings for a new characters. I’ll write a few more paragraphs before I do some random research and read some blogs. Everything gets mixed with the stories I’ve experienced in books, graphic novels and video games to become my inspiration.
When I think about the things that inspire me, I can’t be too hard on myself. While I’ve done a poor job at finishing novels in February, I did read a ton of manga. I’ve made it a little further through Assassin’s Creed and started to replay Final Fantasy VII. This, along with signing up for my first ever anime conventions, has made my blog particularly nerdy over the past week or so. That’s a great sign. It means my muses are awakening.
In January, I got a little more than two chapters written for the first draft of my book. I have no idea how many words that is because I find it easier to write if I am physically writing on paper. I can tell you that I’ve filled 27 and a half pages (14 page back and front and half of one side of another page). Who knows how many words that is. I’m trying not to think about it, though, for the same reason I try really hard to avoid paying attention to my blog stats. I will obsess over numbers, be they followers, word count or words written. At this stage in my book, I don’t want any of that. All I want is to open up everything in side of me and let the story flow out.
The one other thing that has held me up is that I’ve just introduced a second main character. Her and my first character are in a bit of a stalemate and I’m trying to figure out how it would end. As I write this, I realize I have tried to find a way for these characters to find a peaceful end, but maybe that’s the problem. Maybe their personalities are such that it would be illogical for them to get along instantly. I haven’t built a very trusting world, so it goes without saying that they won’t trust each other right away.
[writer’s block broken]
There was one successful thing that happened in February for my book. I had a jolt of inspiration one day driving home from work. It’s part of the climax and I hope it slaps readers in the face. The plan is for no one to see it coming, but now I do. It just makes sense.
There are a couple of people I should thank here as well. I follow Katie at The Fiction Diaries and Katie at Sass & Balderdash. Along with sharing the same name, they are also both writers working on writing a book. They are a source of motivation. I get that all writers write differently and at their own pace, but even so, a good kick in the rear can help push me out of a writing drought. I feel like both girls are way ahead of me and it makes me want to fill my big notebook with the rest of my draft.
At my own pace, I will finish the first draft of my book this year. Even if it is the worst thing every written by human hands, I will still be ahead of every person who says they will write a book and never starts (gotta think positive).
With that in mind, I am making a small goal for March. I hope to have all my blogs planned out and written over the weekend so I use my spare time over the week to write. Who knows if this will work, but it’s worth a try. Also, sorry for pulling of the guise. Let’s be honest, though, we all know many bloggers plan out a schedule their posts.
Where do you find inspiration for writing? What things trip you up and how do you overcome them? Do you plan out your blogs most weeks? How super excited would you be if I published a book?