Stress and Writer’s Slump

pexels-photo-313690.jpegI figured out, with the help of my friends over at Keystroke Medium, what my major roadblock has been.

Stress.

On February 12th, they had a live chat where writers could ask questions and their panel of writers would toss out their ideas. My question was first. “How do you get out of a writer’s slump?”

They had a lot of good ideas. Chuck Manley suggested getting to the root cause of the writer’s slump. And then he offered a good number of ideas on what to do next.

After a week of sitting down and brainstorming (which, in of itself, was painful), I narrowed it down to stress.

Stress about moving to Texas. This would require hubby to commute from North Dakota to Texas on a rotational schedule of 20 days on shift and 10 days off shift. OR, finding a new job in Texas.

Stress about little man going to a private school and all the added expenses it would cause. Which loops back around to the stress of hubby either commuting or starting a new job: will the new job be enough to cover it? Will little man have as rough a time with the commuting as he did the last time? (We’re talking meltdowns for a couple of days each time hubby left).

Stress over hubby’s job: things will start to slow down when Spring comes, so I have a lot of saving to do between now and then to cover the costs of moving and all that stuff.

Now that I’ve nailed down the cause, I need to work my solution. Which was recommended: suck it up and power through it. Turning off the stressed part of my brain to focus on writing has been difficult.

Some days have been easier than others. Most days, it’s been pretty painful, but I’ve found that if I just write one sentence, it helps to start clearing the logjam in my head. Over 200 words have been put down. Not a lot, I know. But it’s better than nothing. And, as the old saying goes, “You can’t edit a blank page.”

Have a great week. I’m going to go write 100 more words.

Be Writing.

Wednesday Wisdom

I see a number of writers I associate with spending more time talking about writing than actually doing the writing.

I saw Mark Dawson’s tweet and it hit me. I don’t want to be just a writer. Or spend most of my time talking about writing.

I. Want. To. BE. Writing.

I want to have a steading income while producing a steady output. Not live off the high of publishing a single work or two.

LESSON LEARNED: STFU and do the work.

Know Who You Are Doing Business With

Wednesday Wisdom

When I was looking for a copy editor for my first book, I was in such a hurry to get it done, that I hired the first person that came along.

That was a HUGE mistake. After weeks and weeks of excuses, she finally sent me back my manuscript. It was a rush job. All the notes were dated that very morning and she had attempted to do a developmental edit on it. Some of her notes included “I don’t like the main characters name.”

I was pissed. Then, I checked out her FaceBook business page. I was her first paying client. And I had paid her almost $500 up front.

I should have asked for references and a sample. I ended up having to request a refund and find a new copy editor. And that all put my publishing timeline out of whack.

Lesson Learned: Know who you’re doing business with BEFORE you send them money.