It’s no secret that my life is a little crazy right now. I originally planned to not write from the 20th until the end of the month, not realizing I’d start feeling the pressure (serious pressure) the week before that. Editing has failed me, writing has failed me. I’m struggling with Black Violas, and I can’t see the forest nor the tress for the forest, and that should give you an idea of how far off base my writing barometer is as the moment.
Still, I attempted to write and wasted a good two hours last night. I’d read what I wrote, make a change, start reading again and zone out. Each time that started, the zoning would happen sooner. There’s something wrong with this story, and I have no idea what. So, I’m going back to the beginning, thinking about how I wrote this one, to see where I missed something.
And that’s when I recalled that I used a modified version of Holly’s Think Sideways methods for story creation. So I spent the next two hours pouring through class material, looking for the next step, a link from the writing to the revising that might trigger my internal editor to get back to work. I made it through five lessons, without neccessarily completing the assignments so much as writing notes “do this” in a notebook. I’m about to approach the revision sections, will probably get there tonight, and hopefully, get some answers.
Hugs. When that happens and I feel stifled, I step back and read. I'll even do housework. Sometimes you just need to shift focus and NOT think of the work.Good luck.