Dissonance, Reverie, The Writer

Returning from a break

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, SAMSUNG CSCblogging, 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

 

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3 thoughts on “Returning from a break”

  1. I’m still, forever, on my 1st draft. I changed stories (have 3 started), going back to the one that is more of a journey of the protagonist. I don’t blog much about my progress. I do have a post called Weekly Recap but the other post I do each week has nothing to do with any progress or lack of it. I’ve been using writing prompts for that post. This may be something you might want to try.

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  2. Hi Amanda. It sounds like your break has done exactly what you needed it to do. I’m also learning how to manage my expectations, while maintaining progress and enthusiasm. I also took a break and am blogging less often – I’m going to try and do a monthly post rather than weekly so I have more time for writing and reduce the pressure to produce something weekly. By the way, your trip sounded fantastic. Good luck with your writing.

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