As most of you know, I like to work on a lot of projects at once. And while I normally have seven or eight novels going at a time (on average) I usually have two that I focus on. Right now I'm working on editing a chapter book titled The Adventure That Started With Nuts about a talking squirrel and his best friend, who's a talking chipmunk. I'm also working on a YA contemporary, Beneath the Moon and Stars.
But lately, I've been feeling stuck. I've had a chronic case of writer's block whenever I sit down to work on BTMAS, and honestly, I'm bored by edits for my squirrel story. But while that's all extremely frustrating, the result of this writer's block/boredom is good material for a blog post. ;)
When I'm stuck, you can find me ranting to my BFF via text or e-mail chat about how my characters won't cooperate. For example, here's a snippet of our latest conversation:
Me: Blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. I'm so stuck with my story. :P I seriously went on a two page tangent about makeup because I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
Anything inspiring? :P I'll take quotes, pictures, anything. (Or distractions? Funny sibling stories? What are you reading right now?)
Me: LOL XD
Lane's stuck at his mother's stupid New Year's Eve party and REFUSES TO MOVE.
I hate it when my characters refuse to cooperate. -_-
And even worse, the thing that's going to happen RIGHT AFTER this party is so exciting!!! :P
Her: Right after? Oh man, you gotta get him to move.
Me: XD I'm trying.
I then sent her some pictures showing everything I'd done to get this character (Lane) to move, none of which were working:
|Banging my head against the keyboard|
|Yelling at my characters|
|Yelling at my characters some more|
When I'm bored, you can find me putting off the next chapter, the next scene, in the hopes that a grand idea will just pop into my head without trying. I often use the, "waiting for inspiration to strike" excuse so I don't feel guilty about playing video games, checking my e-mail/Twitter, or watching the next episode of "Sherlock."
With The Adventure That Started With Nuts, I sat down, fully intending to get at least three chapters edited, and ended up getting sidetracked:
What are some of your biggest writing frustrations? Leave a comment! (And don't forget to check out the giveaway below!)