Sorry I've been absent. Suffering from a lingering chest cold and something I very rarely ever wrestle with....
Given my looming deadline, this is not good. It's complicated by the upcoming release of EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE. I'm coordinating promo. I'm excited about this book getting into the hands of readers. I'm googling reviews. Checking my pre-sale rankings numbers. Must stop. Must concentrate on the manuscript of the moment. The story is in my head. I just have to get it out. Reminds me of one of my favorite movies/sceenplays: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. When the movie starts, Will is horribly blocked. He's been payed to write a play. The people who 'contracted' him want to know where it is with the project. His standard reply? (tapping his forehead) "It's all in here."
I'll be away for a couple (possibly few) days getting my act together. In the meantime hop over to Emmy award-winning writer Ken Levine's blog and check out his 1/8 nd 1/9 posts on Overcoming Writers Block.
"A reader asked how you overcome writers’ block. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Different writers use different methods. So instead of just sharing my approach I thought I’d ask a few working writers for their take. One said, “Music, crying, and/or Ativan. Any one, but preferably all.” Here are the others. Many thanks to the contributing scribes."
Those scribes include writers from some of my all-time favorite TV sitcoms. Perhaps I should work my way down the list and see what, if anything, works for me. Or I could get off the Internet and focus.
Yeah. That sounds smart. Focus.
"I'm not one of those people who "hate writing". I just hate getting started. And you have to write 'something', even if it's bad, in order to have 'something' you can make better." ~~BILL KELLY (ENCHANTED)