Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Well, not at the moment!

I want to share a secret with you!

I have totally, totally chilled out about writing.  Honest.  Last year I went through a lot of angst about fitting it into my life, lack of self-belief, being stuck in a writing rut etc etc and for the past few months I have really managed to get my head around it.

I had a novel I was afraid to start - but I now realise I couldn't start it because I didn't fully believe in it and didn't completely like my main character.  I took a break from trying and while I was lying in the sun the solution came to me.  The setting is the same, the characters are slightly different and so is the plot.  It needed a tweak, was all.  I'm 6,000+ words in now.  Progress is slow because I've got the 'fuzzy head' that affects women of a certain age (which seems to basically mean anywhere between 40 and 60!) and I have to work harder to pull my thoughts together, but if I do 200, 300, 400 words a day I'm happy.  More than that and I'm dancing!

I stopped trying to write shorts for women's magazines, although I'd had a lot of success initially.  My mind isn't in the right place and I needed to find other outlets.  I've had several stories accepted by Xcite Books and although it's not going to make me a famous millionaire, having stories accepted is as much of a thrill as writing them (ahem!)  Seeing a list of publications containing my stories on Amazon is a pleasure I have to keep on revisiting!  I think that little bit of cheeky success spurred me on to write my novel, actually.

Xcite are offering a free e-book on Kindle between the 8th and 12th September here. Beltane Fire is an historical collection which may or may not contain one of mine.  You'll never know! Ha!  If it's your sort of thing, why not grab a freebie?

My advice to anyone feeling insecure is to try and find a way to chill out about writing.  It's not that easy, but once you find that place in your head that blocks out doubt and desperation and just lets you enjoy it, everything becomes easier.

Enough from me!  I'm off to read your IWSG blogposts!  (This is a blog-hop - find the list here at Alex J Cavanaugh's blog.)


Lauren said...

Sounds like you're in a good place.


Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This all sounds good!
I am not a fast writer either. I read about people writing thousands of words a night and I am in awe!
Congratulations on your progress in you novel and on your short stories!

L.G.Smith said...

Hey, four to five hundred words a day is great progress. I know, I've the fuzzy head thing going too. Yay for getting out of the writing rut!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Yes, I've often found that transferring my energy into a project that doesn't require writing, helps me to relax, eases my anxiety. Whenever I return to my WIP, the words flow again.

Best of luck with your new novel.

Cecilia Robert said...

Great advice. :) It's great to hear this year is better than last year. :) Even 400 words is better than nothing. Sometimes things just happen, so when I manage even 120, I'm over the moon :D

Annalisa Crawford said...

So glad you've reconciled your writing. And really glad you've worked out how to write your novel. Starting is a big step, it gets easier with every chapter. And I look at my name on Amazon too, sometimes... :-)

Heather Murphy said...

Excellent advice! I think I spend more time stressing than I do writing.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I have the hardest time switching my brain gears from short stories and blog posts to the novel. I'm between 40-60...could that be the reason?

Jen Chandler said...

Hi Linda!
Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day :D

I love this post! Seriously. I need to chill out about my writing. While I want to write every day, it's not possible some times. And some days, I fail miserably in the "want to" category! I'm too hard on myself and my stories.

Thanks for the encouragement and congrats on getting focused and getting so much writing done!


Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Sounds like your writing is going really well. I am jealous! I'm a bit stuck at the minute... And 3-400 words sounds good to me...Best of luck with it. Nice post, Linda.

Catherine Noble said...

Great post, Linda. 2/3/400 words a day is still 2/3/400 words more than yesterday, so it's a step in the right direction! Glad to hear you have such a laid back attitude towards writing :)

Jamie Burch said...

So happy for you, Linda! I really need to follow your advice. Thank you!

Patsy said...

I find I have to be in the right frame of mind to work on each project. If I don't feel like tackling the novel, I do a short instead.