It’s been nearly a month since I last posted. Blogging had lost some of its luster. I was having difficulty coming up with new posts and even when I did have ideas I was having difficulty finishing the posts. I just couldn’t bend the words to say what I wanted them to say. Basically it was time to take a break.
I write a lot about my writing process and progress on my book. I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with my book, so I was having issue coming up with what to say next. In reality, I was disappointed in myself. I had originally planned to have Dissonance released last winter, but it still sits on a flash drive unfinished. Though to be fair, it has been through a round of beta reading and revisions. It’s close, but not quite done. Last week before my husband and I went off on our vacation, I sent Dissonance out to two more readers. I wanted fresh sets of eyes to see if I had fixed the glaring issues or if there are still more to be seen. I am equal parts nervous and excited to see their feedback.
During our vacation, I relaxed and didn’t worry about writing, blogging, or social media. It was a relaxing and rejuvenating week. We spent the week exploring the southwest, namely New Mexico and Arizona. The week felt like it lasted forever (in a good way). We explored a few national parks and I took tons of pictures. It was a great way to recharge my batteries. As most of you know I’m a nature person. I had never been out west to the high desert, but I wouldn’t be lying to say it was love at first sight.
On the long drive back home (we put a total of 4,500 miles on our rental car), I had the realization that the reason I wasn’t motivated to blog was lack of fodder. It wasn’t that I was bored with blogging it was just I didn’t have anything to say. If I am not actively writing, I can’t blog about my progress. While Dissonance might not be ready to be published just yet, that doesn’t mean I can’t start working on revisions to Reverie. A lot of the plot line changed since I finished that draft (Aug 2013), so I know I have a ton of revisions. So instead of impatiently waiting for my readers to get back to me with their feedback, I can keep myself busy and write.
After all how can I be a writer if I don’t write?
Next steps for Dissonance:
Complete revisions based on new readers
Commission a cover artist
Hire a proofreader