Nancy: Boom and Bust

Several weeks ago, I found myself in a familiar place. I was coming off a big day-job project, which had included long hours every day for the last couple of weeks to complete it. I hadn’t been able to touch my writing during that time and for weeks before that, because even when I wasn’t working quite as many hours, I was expending all my mental energy on that other job. But now that I and my team had completed that project and submitted it to the customer, I was able to reclaim my life, including my writing time. “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well,” right?

Um, no.

When last I’d communed with my writing, I’d been on a hot streak (despite that pesky novella that I’ve struggled to revise). I was writing for long hours and wracking up word counts, knowing all the while it couldn’t last. I’d signed a consulting contract. A company was going to write me a monthly check; it stood to reason at some point they’d want me to do something to earn that money. Then I got a call saying a project that was supposed to start in October was actually starting six weeks early. I went cold turkey on my writing. Turns out, by the time I finally got back to it, it had gone cold turkey on me. I had one novella and one full-length novel in need of revision, and the first act of a second full-length novel all set in the same story world. I also had the first half of my women’s fiction story waiting for completion. But when I sat down at the computer, I couldn’t get back into any of those story worlds. I’m not going to lie – some panic set in. After all, it’s only a matter of time before I get the next call about the next day-job project, and then I’ll have to go cold turkey on writing again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Celebrating 2014

10624684_10152440604581945_883025701607382375_nAs yet another year comes to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on the past year.  In my first post of this year, I stated that my resolution for 2014 was to write. I wanted to spend less time making excuses for not writing and more time actually writing. As part of that goal, I was shooting to have a finished, polished manuscript ready to go by the RWA National conference in July of 2014. I was quite confident that my goals were both reasonable and achievable. As one might predict, however, things didn’t quite go according to plan. Continue reading

Justine: Sometimes a Step Back Knocks You Off Course

map, writingBeing a newbie writer, I don’t have the experience of multi-published, multi-book, multi-year-writing authors. The hallowed bit of advice I’ve heard, though, is write every day. Um, yeah, I kinda didn’t do that, and as a consequence, I forgot my story. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Write!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, the two best pieces of writing advice I’ve encountered are read a lot and write a lot.  Implementing that advice, however, is easier said than done.  Like many other writers, I have a full-time day job that pays the bills and keeps me in books and shoes and other necessities of life.  While that relieves me of the need to make a living off my writing, it also leaves me with little time to actually write.

A full-time job plus a full-time commute means my writing day doesn’t even start until after 7:00pm, and I’ll be honest, after a long day at work and on the road, my enthusiasm for sitting in front of the computer and writing in the evening is pretty limited.  Continue reading