Here is an except from my WIP.
Michael smiled invitingly and took Grace’s hand, urging her from the bed. She followed him eagerly in anticipation, still tingling inside. Michael’s frank appreciation was releasing her sensuality from its cage where it had been long trapped. She’d spent day after day trapped in a suit, her hair severely restrained. Only Michael had seen through her facade. Only Michael had explored what was beneath.
He led her to the bathroom and turned on the shower taps. Steamy vapor clouded the air and the tips of Grace’s long, brown hair began to curl wildly. He guided her inside the huge, stone-lined shower. Her bare feet gripped the cool, textured tiles. Deliciously warm water streamed over her skin and Grace laughed—delighted.
Writer’s block – does it exist? I’ve heard many people say no. I’ve heard it’s an excuse to be lazy or that “real” writers treat their writing like work and they just do it!
I read somewhere once that Nora Roberts writes eight hours a day all the time. I wouldn’t be surprised as she is rather prolific and I cannot help but be jealous of her work ethic.
What about me? Am I just out of practice? Not in the groove? The habit? Am I sabotaging myself? Am I afraid of success? Am I just sick and not feeling well?
It seems like writing needs to be my first priority or at least near the top of the list. It has managed to slip down over the last few weeks. I need to push it back up there. Unwritten work never gets read.
I’m keeping my opinions short because I really want to hear what others have to say.
What do you think? Is writer’s block the excuse of an undisciplined creative mind?
What do you do to keep going in the right direction?
I look forward to comments!
So far, it’s been productive. I did some research. I contacted authors I like and who write in similar genres to ask for suggestions. I read some threads on the Kindle Boards. I contacted some editors. I sent off a sample to be reviewed.
I’d say it was successful. I got back some good, useful comments and what I thought was a reasonable quote to look at the rest.
I located three beta readers. How helpful they were! They really gave some detailed feedback including some things I had not thought about. I actually sent them the edited copy and they still found things to be reviewed again.
Clearly, I have gotten the perspective I was wishing for.
Now what do I do with all this “perspective?”
I have four sets of suggestions for changes on a five page document. Carefully reviewing them all, utilizing and rejecting will take some serious time. Now I’m feeling a little discouraged as the piece was originally (I thought) in pretty good shape. If I do this for all 26 parts, it could take ages and this isn’t even counting the original writing.
What am I getting myself into?
Of course everything needs to be edited. The tricky question is does it need to be edited by someone you pay.
I consider myself an author with good control of my grammar and standard writing conventions. After all, I used to work as a proofreader and copyeditor and still take the occasional contract job. I can hit spellcheck like the best of them. Does this mean I can skip a trip to another professional and save myself some money?
My answer so far is I don’t know. I think it is imperative for indie authors that we present a professional product that for all extents and purposes is indistinguishable from anything released by the “Big 6.” If we don’t, “indie” is going to develop the same stigma as “vanity press.”
I’m thinking I need to at least explore the possibility. It seems to me that perhaps it is my own vanity and attachment to my words as well as a desire to save a buck that is holding me back. If I release something that isn’t the very best it could be, I’ll be sabotaging the career I’m trying to build. It’s all well and good to have my husband read things over and both of us are educated and good writers, but we aren’t perfect. Perhaps I need a little perspective. I hope I get some.