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I’ve missed two scheduled posts because I didn’t have anything useful to say. I’ve still got writer’s block. I still don’t know why. And that’s got to be even more boring for someone else to read about than it is for me to write.

What might be useful–both to me and to anyone who reads this blog–is finding a way around or through this block.

So far, all I’ve got are things that haven’t worked. Trying to power through on MAGE STORM didn’t work.

Usually, when that happens, it’s because my subconscious has recognized that there’s something wrong and won’t let me go forward until I figure it out and fix it. I have discovered one thing I think is . . . well, not wrong, but . . . off. It hasn’t helped–at least so far.

Trying to work on something else hasn’t worked either. I tried pulling myself forward by starting the next book in MAGE STORM’s series. That didn’t work. I tried starting an entirely different story. That didn’t work either–though in that case I may have been trying to shoe-horn an unripe story into an unsuitable setting. If there’s no fire, no drive at the beginning of a story, odds are it’s just not going to work. I can power through tough scenes or slow places in a first draft. But not the beginning.

So enough of what’s not working. Time to start figuring this out.

Maybe, with luck, that’ll not only help me, but give somebody else who finds themselves in this spot some ideas.

Meantime, I’m going to try to focus on other things I need to do. Some of that reading about marketing I’ve been putting off. Maybe even start that mailing list I keep ducking. Or take a whack at making this website look more professional. Definitely finish up the critiques I’ve got pending. Something useful, anyway.

Next post, looking back. When did I last feel excited about writing and what changed?

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I did write yesterday. I have not written anything–yet–today. I still might.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is just–or, at least, mostly–that I’m still finding my way into this story. A story that is not the one I had expected or prepared to be writing at this time. There are things I just need to figure out, still. And, since I don’t have any momentum built up yet, it’s hard to visualize the next scene so that I can write it. That will change with progress–and time spent just thinking about the story. Which I have done today.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is a first draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect–or even good. It just has to get the story out where I can fix it.

I may decide to skip ahead–something I don’t usually like to do–to write a scene or two with characters from the first books–characters I already know–in order to get things moving along better. We’ll see.

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I actually delayed this blog post in hopes that I’d do better today. But . . . nope. I have this week off and I want to use it to start re-establishing the habit of writing every dayWell, that’s the plan anyway. So far, I’ve been slacking off.

On the other hand, I haven’t been much better about anything else. All I’ve accomplished so far is some laundry, a very little bit of mowing, and walking the dog. Otherwise . . . well, sometimes the beginning of a break is like that. But now it’s time to buckle down and actually accomplish something.

Six days left.

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I’m late posting this again today. But this time it was intentional–well, I didn’t mean for it to be this late, but . . . .

I’d set aside time to write this afternoon and I did plan to write this post afterward, so it was intentional to that extent. It didn’t end up being hours of uninterrupted writing. That would likely have been too much to hope for. But I did write. I finished the scene I was working on. And I’m pleased with that level of progress for now.

One step at a time. Forward.

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