Monday, December 22, 2014

Keeping It Real: Writer's Block

Welcome to the second edition of keeping it real! Today I'm going to talk about modern day "writer's block." I do most of my brainstorming and story developing in my head... on my drive to and from work. The words are beautiful, well scripted, and flow perfectly...

Then I sit down in front of my computer with a good two-three hour stretch of time to do nothing but write. I open up the document, skim through the last section I wrote, type a sentence and then oh, I'd better go check Facebook. Hmm...nothing new there. Maybe someone left a new review on Goodreads. Nope, still the same numbers. I wonder what the Amazon rank is on Heroes to Swoon For. Oh, don't forget KDP, I need to see if I sold any books. Sweet! I did. Okay, so if I sell X amount of books/day and I make X amount off the book and I spent X to publish it, I only need to sell 1,284,203 to break even. :-/ Yeah...

By the time that whole process is done, an hour has passed. Hmm...I better start writing so I go back to the doc, but I can't get that number out of my head. I need to sell books!!! What can I do to sell books that won't cost me more money??? OH! I know, I can post my link in the 4,859 book lovers group that I belong to. Let me go post in five groups, only five... Twenty groups later, okay, that's good, I'll probably get at least one sale, right? Back to the doc...

Three paragraphs in and crap, Sloan needs a bridesmaid dress, better head over to Pinterest. Scroll through image after image, cute, like it, not quite right, oh maybe for another story-start a new board for future book idea. Well, now I need characters for my future book, better look them up. Now, what will be their names. Hmm, Babycenter will have some good ideas...

Okay, new story idea pinned, now back to my WIP. Slides, hm, already used that word in the last sentence. Thesaurus.com...okay, move, glide, drift. Okay, okay, one of those will work. *Yawn* Wow, it's past my bedtime! Better shut down the computer and head to bed.

And that my friends, is my modern day "writer's block" or the story of how I have ADD. If only I could "think" my words onto paper, I'd write a whole novel in a week!


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