Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG - Writing as a compulsion. Blessing or curse?

It's the first Wednesday again. Need help and support in this noisy world trying to make it as a writer? Join Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group by clicking HERE

I started writing the moment I knew what writing was. When I was seven years old I wrote my first play. My cousin and I performed it for our large family during holiday. It was a one act skit about finding a baby on the beach and looking for its family. The performance climaxed with my announcing the baby was dead and dropping my baby doll to the floor. While our family was shocked, one drunk uncle clapped as my cousin and I bowed. My parents were convinced I was either brilliant, or deeply disturbed and in need of therapy.

Since then I've spent my time working in bookstores, or attending my idol's author signings asking for advice as a way of feeling less weird and isolated in my compulsive writing.

Ian Ranking - "Don't do too much research."

Bugging my heroes without the risk of getting slapped with a restraining order or arrested gave me (and has given me) the confidence to keep going.

Writing is about failure and the ability to take bad news on the chin. What do you do to dig down deep when it all seems pointless? 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Celebrating a completed project! Wait... We can do that?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The brain child of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click HERE to join.

Today's prompt asks us, "How do we as writers celebrate project completion?"

 Asking me how I celebrate brings me to a whole new level of insecurity. I never celebrate.

I never feel like I get enough done. I'm always worried if I don't keep a certain amount of pressure on myself the writing will stop and my art will die. 

Chuck Palahniuk puts it succinctly, "Adrienne - Writing means not stopping." I take those words to heart. There's a certain level of discomfort I've learned to embrace as a writer and an artist. 

This is, Alex.

I was just on Alex Dolan's Thrill Seekers Radio Show discussing our podcast with my co-host author, Keri Schroeder. You can check it out HERE. During our discussion on my mystery novel on Holy City, Chosen and my up and coming thriller, Lounge Act I felt a wave of panic whoosh through me. I'm sitting on two more manuscripts and a short story anthology. They need polishing, a second read through, and their queries need to be drafted. I never get enough done and never will. I'm such a loser. I'm lazy. It's pathetic really.

I say those things to myself. All. The. Time. Then I'll write and edit something for a few more hours and be able to go to bed without feeling too stressed and guilty for not getting enough done. 

What do you do to celebrate, or are you neurotic like me?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm back! Where I was, and why I missed my last two posts. - IWSG

I missed the last few posts of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. 
I'm bummed because it's one of the best online writing groups out there. Check it out HERE!

I totaled my car Christmas Eve, then got the awesome shiner you see me sporting above. More craziness ensued. I won't go into detail at the risk of boring or terrifying you.

I was having difficulty getting my new novel, Lounge Act to my publisher.  Every free minute I've had the last two months was spent focussed on this book. Having a manuscript stagnate when it's almost done is rage inducing.

Then, some potential work dried up. I traveled for nothing, and no one told me Rambo would be my new neighbor. -see below-

My manuscript is finally turned in, and I have some new contract work. I'm jumping back in guys. Hope everyone is having a productive 2018!