A writer’s life is a constant battle, keeping the flashing cursor busy, making sure blank pages are filled with words, not doodles, and keeping the ideas coming at a steady rate.
Just like driving down the freeway at a steady rate?
The first is not as easy as the second, and even the second can be a bit of a trial when there are other cars around, or you don’t have cruise control.
Perhaps it’s time for a cruise control for writers.
As you can see, I’m easily distracted from what I should be doing.
A few weeks ago I was sitting in front of the computer screen, the ever pervasive cursor flashing on a blank piece of digitized paper, and that was as far as I got.
No, the house wasn’t burning down, there was no major catastrophe lurking, nor was a family member or friend in dire need of my help.
I just didn’t know what to write. The idea factory had closed its doors.
It was not necessarily a problem.
I have been writing, but not in the normal sense. I have SomNote on my phone and my tablet, and when I’m waiting, usually for doctors or in Government offices, I write.
A bit of this, a bit of that, but usually the YA novel I’m writing for, and not necessarily about, my 13-year-old grand-daughter.
I find SomNote excellent for just putting words down, emailing it my myself and rehashing it later. It has basically been used to write the first 37 chapters of the novel.
But as for other writing?
‘Strangers We’ve Become’, the follow up to ‘What Sets Us Apart’ has taken a different direction. As this is the next book to be published, I should be working on it, but instead, some of it is still swirling around in my head.
The other day I went back to have a look at it. Except for one chapter, possibly two, it’s done and so much better than the original. Never let anyone tell you there’s not something else to be done after 10 edits and endless re-writes.
‘The Things We Do For Love’, a little story I wrote many years ago, was resurrected almost intact and is also almost ready for publication. It will be categorized as Romantic Suspense, along with ‘Sunday In New York’.
My serial, the cases of Harry Walthenson, private investigator, has taken a back burner for a while, as I try to get a handle on where it is going. It is a story now that is so very different than when I originally started it. I suppose that’s indicative of a serial.
After that, Zoe, who first features in ‘The Devil You Don’t’, will be back. After the trials and tribulations in her first adventure, she finds the past she tried to leave behind has come back to bite her.
The second adventure is called ‘First Dig Two Graves’, because it is about revenge and whether or not it’s best served cold. And as for whether or not John’s romantic aspirations are fulfilled, you’ll just have to wait a little longer.
That’s my life at the moment, how is yours?