Well, it’s been a harrowing few months:
– Selling our house, buying new house
– Thyroid trying its best to keep-up despite not enough meds
– Traveling like a maniac
– Writing the Eden Graphic novel script
– Surviving 2 days of medical tests
– Publishing the Antaran Legacy
– Trying to hit a nasty curveball from Babylon
With my updated meds waiting for me at home, and a new regimen of light exercise, I’m feeling motivated again! Work on Babylon has continued and I’m past my first bout of “block.” I’ve never encountered Writer’s Block before, so this was a new experience for me. I knew where Babylon needed to go, but I was floundering and second-guessing everything. I had a re-write planned. I agonized over the direction it had taken so far. I was stumped.
I know I’ve always recommended blowing past barriers like a rabid platypus – just get that first draft done! Well, I had difficulty following my own advice this time. While I still advocate running stop lights when it comes to word choice and structure (you can fix that crap later), I’m not so sure I recommend that tactic any longer for serious blockage. While I believe every writer gets through it in their own way, here’s what I did (get out yer plunger):
I let it sit. Yeah, I usually like to just bang out that 1st draft like a teenager on prom night – speed and my own satisfaction are all that matter! This time, I slowed things down during my dilemma. I analyzed the beginning from many different angles. Some stuff got reworked, and then I let it collect dust for a few weeks. Coming back to it with fresh eyes helped immensely. I found that things weren’t as dire as I first thought. Stepping back gave me the wide-angle lens I needed to realize that fact. After that, it’s been smooth sailing and I cannot type fast enough! Babylon is again back on track for a late 2011 release date (yeah, yeah – maybe I’ll update the blog banner someday).
Work on the Eden graphic novel is coming along quite nicely!
Jordan has been a pleasure to work with and I think y’all will be surprised by the quality and content we plan to deliver. I’m also scheming to include a scene unique to the graphic novel, so stay tuned for more news on that front!
What else? Oh yeah – I recently joined forces with the Literary Underground. My beautiful face/bio are here. Not only did I want to be a part of something larger with a few fellow wordsmiths, but I am interested in supporting the self-publishing movement. I’m happy to share my thoughts and experience with them. Check out the site – we have a neat bunch of writers there! 🙂
Gosh, what else? I think that’s all for now. Off to the pool, then Babylon!