I had all sorts of delays getting my next book out, that I had projected to finish in the Spring 2014. Between a new job, several projects I signed up for, and some event planning, I had cast my books aside.
Have you ever done that?
Life. It can make or break your writing. It is through life that you can gain wisdom, and ideas you can use towards your writing. It is through life experiences, that give you the ability to write. All writers are inspired by something. Perhaps it is through a life event, (even a very small one) that triggers an entire novel idea. Or even better yet, a series of ideas!
Life can break your writing though…but only if you let it!
My book was delayed by about 6 months. Last time I posted about the book I was working on, I felt it was 85% complete. I was thrilled to be getting some writing done. But I allowed everything else around me to take over.
Of course I could have written 30 minutes every few days to get the writing done.
I could have text myself ideas while riding along in a car (of course not texting and driving).
I could have wrote a quick 500 words to make progress in my book instead of watching that 30 minute episode on TV that wasn’t very good anyway.
But I didn’t. And I beat myself up for it at times.
Then again, we all do that…don’t we?
The best thing to do after you go through a long period of time of not getting your writing done, is to just pick yourself back up and write.
It’s okay to take a break now and again, just don’t let it become an indefinite break.
Life can make or break your writing…
So take what knowledge you acquired during your break, and get writing!
This is not a writer’s block.
This is not me being frustrated with myself and wondering why I can’t come up with anything to write.
Sometimes, I just have nothing to write about…here anyway.
I am very busy working on my books, short stories, and whatever other writing ventures I may have.
Blogging is important, and I suggest that if you are trying to build a platform that you do so. But lately I just had nothing to write here, and I have been okay with that for the time being.
I have been an elusive hermit, churning up my pot of witch-craft. Now that I am finally crawling out, I can make some attempts to write more here.
The point I am trying to make here though, is that it is okay to just not have anything to write sometimes. Don’t beat yourself up if you are not writing because you don’t have anything to say. In contrast to my other post, “Writers Have Things to Say“, sometimes you just don’t. If you don’t, don’t feel bad to not write once in a while. It’s good to take a break!
I have been writing, a lot….just not here.
In other news, I am about 85% done with my new book. I am very excited about this and can’t wait to have it all done. I will come back here for a cover reveal when it is ready.
I use to be so afraid to publish anything I had to say because I was self conscious of my writing. But being in the writer community with blogs and Twitter, I realized a thing or two.
1) Writers have things to say
We write because we HAVE to write. We have too much on our minds. And for many of us, (myself included) we are not very good speakers. Sometimes when I talk I feel like my mouth is detached from my head. My words come out funny. I don’t always say what I mean. I even once in a while stutter, not much, but some.
2) Your writing will get better ONLY if you keep writing
If I spent my entire life waiting for that perfect best selling novel, I’d never write. It never will happen unless I write. And what’s the point of writing for 15 years to get better, and not publish one thing? Back in a previous article where I wrote, “You are your own worst critic” I truly believe that. Sometimes we look back on an old article, short story, or book and go, “What was I thinking?”
You know what you were thinking?
You were thinking the best idea possible at the time you had. You were thinking about something you were passionate about. You wrote the best way you could. And when you finished, you were a better writer for that.
Don’t be embarrassed.
3) If a writer doesn’t write, they’ll go crazy
If you don’t write out your ideas, and just let them fester in your head, you will go crazy. Trust me. I let too many ideas fester in my head and now they’re spilling out all at once. I feel like I can’t get anything done because I keep jumping projects just to keep up with the backlog of ideas.
So, dear writers, keep on writing.
Writers have things to say! And what goes on in your head is important.
Even if it’s not the best piece of literature in the world, not only will you get better for doing…but you may still impact someone positively through your writing.
I can humbly say that I am not at the writing ability I wish I could be at. The ideas are there, I just need to improve.
But why go the next 15 years of my life, keeping all my writings to myself?
To end this little post, is a song I love, by Dave Matthews Band.
So Much to Say.
Songs have a different meaning to us. However, some lyrics that are repeated are, “So much to say” and “Open up my head and let me out.”
Take out of it what you’d like. 🙂
So after completing my book a couple days ago, I went back and read through it.
Do I rewrite it? Did I say what I really wanted to say?
Do I sound too whiney? Not informative enough?
I could criticize and doubt myself for hours.
I try to remind myself how we are all our own worst critic. The most important thing is to only doubt yourself enough to analyze yourself. But, remind yourself that you’re always going to be hard on yourself.
Overly editing or thinking too hard could just make a book lose its voice.
I do plan on going through extensive edits, but I need to keep reminding myself,
“You are your own worst critic.”