Jul 20, 2010

This is how I write...this is how I write...this is how--

I've been a bad blogger--and writer--lately. I admit it, I've been a real disappointment. But I"m trying to turn all that around by getting back into the groove of things.

First, I've been working on Nightlings, moving some chapters around and getting it all beautiful for my new critique group members at CritiqueThisWIP.

Secondly, I've been trying to get some good blog posts going. Okay, so I haven't been so successful at that second part, but, like I said, I'm trying. I blog over at CritiqueThisWIP once a week (which, for a while, was more than enough). But this week, I'm branching out even further and wrote guest blog post for Kayleigh's Kaleidoscope! What's it about, you ask? How I Write (do you see the irony?). What have I realized? That I really love blogging--not to mention writing--so I'm going to make it a point to get my butt back in "the zone".

It hasn't all been easy. I've been feeling down about my writing for a few months now. Nothing comes out right, my grammar skills are annoying me to no end, and my "voice" has been hiding out in a very dark, very quiet place. How are you supposed to write when the cursor just sits there, blinking that irritating I on an otherwise blank screen?! Don't tell me just do it, because I've been tryin' and it just ain't workin'. But that will all be coming to an end. No more putting it off. You may be reading a bunch of crap, but at least I'll be posting again, right?

Don't forget to swing by Kayleigh's Kaleidoscope to see just how crazy a writer I am!


  1. No worries, we all go through a funk once in a while. You're forgiven, now leap back in with both feet! We missed you!

  2. Writing is most definitely not all smooth sailing. We all go through those really difficult times. Trying something totally different sometimes works to break yourself out of it.

  3. Sometimes it's just a matter of writing something, anything, like this blog post, that reminds us how much we miss it. And what's this about grammar skills? Now I think you're making shtuff up. ;-)

    Next time you're staring at that blinking I, start writing about how much you hate it, what you want to do to it (bend it, break it, kick it into cyberspace), etc., and before you know it, you'll have a page. It might be a page of crap, but your juices will be flowing.

  4. Heather- Thanks! I missed you guys too =)

    Jemi- You are SO right. Every time I hear a writer talk about the slumps, I can't help but think "better them than me". Is that horrible or what?! I think karma is finally getting me back!

    Kristie- Absolutely. This blog post really helped me to start going. It was a slow chug up that hill, but hopefully I'm at the top now. As far as the grammar skills...it's going to be a work in progress for a while ;-)

  5. Gah! How I hate the writer's slime of doom. (AKA Major funk). You'll get back into it. Promise.

    However, if you do stay in it, you can join Kristen and I as sidewalk chalk artists or professional readers, or even tightrope walkers. :)

  6. Ooh man, I hate those writing slumps. I'm glad to see that you're making an effort to go out of it. And I hate the freaking cursor blinking in that taunting way in the blank screen, too. Grrr.

  7. I totally know what you mean. Sometimes I sit down, open my computer, stare at my WIP, and close everything down again. I will even wash dishes before I write when I'm feeling like that! Keep blogging. It will pass.

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  9. *runs off to check out guest post* I'm late, I'm late! sorry.

    ps I've tagged you on my blog!

  10. Hi,

    IT happens (((SPACE))) in all writers' lives. One can either walk away and take a break (art Gallery in my case - real time or cyber time) or sit and write a letter from a character to oneself!!

    Honestly, the latter can help no end if caught in a blank mood. ;)


  11. Oh, I like F's idea about writing a letter from a character to oneself! Clever little trick!


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