Hello to everyone in Lisabet’s world! I’m happy to be here and excited because my follow up to Divine Turmoil, Divine Redemption, came out this week. It’s a contemporary romance that proves, Sometimes Redemption is the only Salvation.
This novella took me two and half weeks to write, and I knew, right from the beginning, that it was going to be great. The story of Donald and Jacqueline took on a life of its own and flowed without the choppy waters an author sometimes gets into.
Torrid waters are what I have found myself in lately, though. To finish a project has become increasingly difficult for me, basically due to ‘life’. Now, I’m not complaining, please don’t think that, it’s just that sometimes we writers get overwhelmed by the world outside of our imagination and forget how to gain access to our imagination again.
For instance. It’s 9:30 in the morning, my three children are upstairs taking showers, playing games, and making messes. This I don’t mind except I’m due at a baby shower in hour and a half and I’m still in PJ’s and furry slippers. (Damn, it’s getting cold at night!)
Any-whoo, the name of the game is ‘Reboot’. Have any of you played this before? Once or twice a year, I play this game. It’s when your desk and files look as if a tornado has run through, when your scraps of papers with notes on them (and I have a lot of them) are in some pile and you don’t know which one. Or… when you realize that time got away from you and deadlines are passing. To those people I apologize.
But, Rebecca Rose is making a comeback this week. She has three novels being written and now there are personal deadlines to be made. I’m fairly sure those work. Do any of you, use them? With my first couple of books, I wrote until I finished. Now I’m not sure what to do.
(Sorry, had to walk away for a minute. My daughter, the pre-teen, was having a "new cat" crisis. LOL.) Where was I? Oh, yeah…The one writing tool that I have always found works is a timer. (Mine broke due to the tiny hands on my youngest.) I set the timer for one hour of advertising, and then one more of blogging, whether for my own blog or someone else’s. It works really well and keeps me on track.
Hhmmm…maybe that’s my problem, eh? I need a new timer. LOL
Either way, I know understand how so many writers go crazy. There is no down time from your character, plots, and ‘life’. (There is loud banging coming from upstairs. Should I investigate? Nope, I don’t think I want to know.)
Life is fun. It’s a story in which we write our own endings. It’s where we must look for the funny in everything, and overlook the sad, when possible. Inspiration is everywhere. And I believe with this new-found corner turned, I can once again move ahead. But I still must ask (another loud bang, and louder children’s voices.) do self-imposed deadlines work? What do you do to stay on task, daily, weekly, monthly?
Have a Sparkling Day!
~ Rebecca Rose
Her blog: http://www.authorrebeccarose.com/