5.02.2013

IWSG - limbo

(psst...looking for my thursdays children post? here it is!)

well, i'm a day late on my IWSG post this month, but it's already been a busy month - my head is spinning and it's only the 2nd! nothing writing related, just life.

anyway...

right now i'm in "writer limbo". that great place where yes! i have an agent and she's awesome and i'm on submission which is beyond exciting, BUT... what now? what to do while i wait?

i have this overwhelming need to produce and create, yet my other manuscripts are just kind of floating in the clouds over my head, their little paper wings growing tired, their inked pages blurring into the background. don't get me wrong, we're all happy they've been given the chance to sprout wings! it's just...the limbo.

i am writing, of course i'm writing, but my current WiP is slow...and i mean slooooooow...going. it's like i'm walking, walking, walking an endless path and can't quite see the forest for the trees.
it's going. i just passed 30K, but man is it dragging! and i love the story, the characters...they're constantly on my mind! so, i don't think it's me. it's the limbo.
*shakes fist at sky*
 how do you pull yourself out of writing limbo?

*thanks to alex j. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. it’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*


16 comments:

  1. I got sidetracked on my TC rounds. Because YES, I'm on that same path through the forest. Here me yelling? I'm behind you by about 10K...

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    1. Oh...so that's what the noise is! LOL, so glad I'm not all alone in the forest ;)

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  2. I still think you're being too hard on yourself. What you're writing is ******stellar*******, and genius doesn't happen overnight! PS. Like what I did there? I made the word stellar into a galaxy, cause your writing is out of this world. ;) I think I need some coffee, or a nap.

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    1. Aw...I love my wee-little galaxy! As always, you're the best! xo

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  3. I haven't been in the exact some situation yet, hope to some day, but I do get stalled in writing. What has helped me is to either switch writing methods (even though it hurts my hand writing with a pen and paper can get me going when I've stalled) or I create a music playlist with songs that make me think of the story. All I have to do is listen to a couple songs from the story's playlist then I'm ready to go.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, perhaps a new song list is in order...hmm...

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  4. Well, look at the bright side. You're standing and making progress even if it's slow you're moving forward. Just keep going. One word. One sentence. One paragraph at time. It all adds up. :) It all works. You're still on your way.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=298

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  5. Sounds like you are in a great position of being open and resting. Replenish your writing soul and creativity. It will come.

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  6. Sometimes it just has to be muscled through.

    Lynda R Young
    IWSG co-host

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    1. Indeed Lynda - thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I spent over six months in that limbo between my second and third books. It's never fun. Just keep looking for that one spark of inspiration that will take hold. It will grow into another manuscript if you keep fertilizing it.

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    1. So you're familiar with this forest, eh? Thanks Alex :)

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  8. I'm almost in the same spot. Hopefully, my agent will start sending my ms out next week and I'm trying to revise a new WIP. But, man, it's a struggle.

    Part of the problem for me is that it's starting to sink-in that a writing career isn't just a dream anymore, it is becoming a reality--and a business. That is a wonderful thing, but it takes some adjustment emotionally. This is a huge turning point for me. I need to realize that and allow myself to be a bit freaked out, but never stop pushing forward.

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    1. Hmm, you touch on a good point Pat and one I've perhaps been avoiding :/

      Thanks for your insight.

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