Thursday, June 30, 2011

Much Needed Advice, Perfect Timing

Don't you just hate it? This has basically been me for the last few months when it came to writing on my WIP Broken Promises.With the stress of life and health issues, whenever I reached out to write, I found myself blank and unconnected. I'd try and struggle to reach for the story I knew was desperate to continue but after I while, I'd give up and move onto something easier to access and in the meantime... I'm miserable.

Are you like me in when you are "in the groove" and knee deep in creative productivity, you can't write fast enough? It's seems effortless and when you finally come up for air, you're left in awe over what you've accomplished. You're instantly recharged and begin setting goals on how to get the story finished. Problem is - how do you get there and more importantly, stay there??

This is where I am right now. It's time to get Broken Promises out of my heart and soul and onto paper. It's time to share with everyone the incredible story I've been going over and over in my mind since this time last year. I have a music playlist, a book trailer in the process of being created and a book cover so incredible, I can only hope I can do it justice. I can get my heart pumping and my muse beginning to dance but wouldn't you know it... sit at my computer and there I am staring at my screen again.

There needs to be a way I can "switch" it all on whenever I want to and not be at the mercy of when I feel like it. Honestly, life happens and there isn't always going to be ideal moments. I've been stewing over this and came across a blog post from an author I absolutely love. Kim Harrison, author of the popular urban fantasy Rachel Morgan series, was offering up some sound advice to aspiring authors and she shared something that struck me and I truly believe this is the answer to my problem.

1. Write every day, same time, same place, even if it's only for 20 minutes. This will train your creativity to turn on at a drop of a hat. Two weeks of agony, and you will start to notice you will not be staring at a blank page when you sit down, but writing immediately. I don't know any authors who write only when they feel like it. They treat it like the job that it is, even if it is a part-time job. This is hard, but it is worth it.

So this is my goal. Each day at the same time, I'm going to train myself to get in touch with my creativity. No longer will I wait for my Muse to come to me... I will now go to her. Wish me luck because I'm excited and before I know it, Broken Promises will be released.

Happy writing!