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(Lack of) Progress

I knew last week was going to be a tough one. I just had too many other things to get through. Most of them time consuming. Some of them highly frustrating. All of them energy draining. As a result, I’ve made very little progress on MAGE STORM.

Mage Storm

And this week is up in the air, since I don’t know my schedule for the next day until the previous evening. And I still haven’t had a chance to address that major stressor that came up a couple of weeks ago.

I haven’t even accomplished much over the weekend–even though it’s a three day weekend for me. Well, I have a few more hours to get something done. Maybe.

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It feels so good to actually be writing again!

Actual progress on MAGE STORM.

Mage Storm

It’ll still take a while, of course. That’s okay. It’s finally coming out and onto the page. That’s what matters.

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Author Interview

Check out this author interview.

 

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The rewrite of MAGE STORM advances by fits and starts so far.

Mage Storm

There are habits I clearly need to re-establish. And this hasn’t been a great week for it. Too many unavoidable interruptions. So, I’m going to have to set myself some rules–just like I’ve been doing about getting some of the yard work done, or the house cleaning. I usually enjoy writing more than either of those (especially house cleaning), so you’d think it’d be easy.

Still, progress is progress. And it gets a little easier, a little smoother every time I work on it. So there’s that. At some point–hopefully–it should build it’s own momentum.

 

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I know I was MIA last week. I didn’t really have anything to report. I might have picked up one or two things that could possibly turn up in world building later. But world building isn’t a story.

However, I will be doing a character interview with Gaian from the Become series tomorrow from 1 to 2 (Eastern time) on Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge.

BecomeHeader

Come by and ask a question.

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I think a part of my writer’s block may be due to draining the creative well.

I’ve been in . . . well, I’ve been in a rut for a while now. After all, ruts are . . . comfortable. Truth be told, I’m very much a creature of habit and have a tendency to try to duck out of anything that disrupts that.

But . . . too much of the same for too long can let the creative well run dry. So I need to push myself out of the comfort zone a bit. Do some things I enjoy, but haven’t done for too long. Try some new things. Just . . . recharge.

Of course, I’ll have to balance that against the very long list of chores I’ve got to do around here. But hopefully it’ll be worth it. Maybe it’ll even stir up some brand new–and exciting–story ideas.

Now, that’s not necessarily a solution to my writer’s block, but it certainly won’t hurt.

 

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Serendipity

Late again. Wednesdays can be like that. Then again, so can Thursdays, obviously.

Sometimes, when I post about a problem, it almost feels as if the universe is trying to answer.

This week:

David Farland’s newsletter had a post that recalled imposter syndrome–something we all suffer from occasionally. (And may be a little of what is affecting my motivation right now, but more on that in another post.)

More to the point, Mary Kole posted about Writing Motivation, with the first suggestion being to take a break and maybe try some other creative outlets, which is basically what I’m starting to do now. The second suggestion was to write something else, but I’ve already tried that. 

I’ve downloaded a coloring book page from an author whose whimsical images of dragons are among my favorites and started playing around with that. (I picked the Easter Dragon as being appropriate to the season.) Well, I’m not coloring it in the traditional sense. I took it through a couple of programs so I could upload it into a graphics program that gives me way more colors to play with than my little set of colored pencils ever dreamed of.

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