I’ve never really believed in writers’ block – but I do
think there are a lot of different reasons why we might have trouble writing at
any one time. And right now I’ve hit one of them:
Aissa and Luki, and all the characters and stories of
, have filled my mind for so long that it’s hard to let them go,
especially now that I’m starting to hear lovely comments from readers. But more
than that, I’ve just realised that I loved writing this story so much I’m
afraid that I can never love another one quite as much. I remember a friend
saying that she’d worried something similar before the birth of her second
child. Needless to say, she was telling me because it hadn’t come true.
Of course I know this, but like a lot of life lessons (and
most writing lessons are pretty much about life) I seem to have to learn it
again each time it happens. But at least now I have some strategies.
it. It’s true that I’ve been very busy.
I finished the final proof read of Dragonfly Song days before going to Crete
and Santorini to research the next book; I came back and jumped into preparing
for the launch. But the launch was over a week ago now and I’m still finding
lots of busywork today. I think it now has to be labelled procrastination. Time
to do something about it.
. Structure the time that I need to
start on the new book and the time for social media, interviews and emails. The
new book doesn’t need huge blocks of time right now. It does need concentration
. Again, the important thing here is
corralling this into a specified time. I could spend the next ten years
researching – but I’m not an archaeologist, I’m a fiction writer. I need to
sort out notes and pictures, and read more of my huge stack of articles, but I
actually have pretty well all the research I need to plan and write this book.
I’ll find specific things that I need to know as I write, but I don’t have to
know everything first. If I’m feeling truly stuck, a couple of hours of reading
is likely to bring me at least one thing that will start an idea.
|Tapping for the inner critic, CYA masterclass 2014|
. By the time I finished this, a couple
of months before the final proofreading of Dragonfly Song, I was falling in
love with my new character and her story. Now that Aissa has jumped to the
foreground again, I know that fleshing out the synopsis and asking the
questions I need to know, will reignite the new love affair.
Always my go-to when I need to sort
something out. After a round or two something about the story is usually so
clear that I have to stop to get straight to work.
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