Wanted: Pieces of clarity

Recently, I know that I have been shocking at the whole blogging thing. But actually, it’s not just the blog that is suffering right now, it all my writing endeavours. Except dreaming up new storylines – I still seem to be good at that!

Journey into Imagination - Claude McCoy

There has been much going on in my life recently that is distracting the crap out of me, and I just can’t seem to gather one clear thought together. Everything is scattered about and most of the time I feel as though I am scrambling around trying to find pieces of clarity amongst the mess.

But I know that this will pass. That is one of the reasons why I am taking a forced break from writing. This is so I can let my head clear from whatever fog has formed around it, and to see clearly once again on the other side.

This has happened to me before, but never for such an extended period. And when it does happen, I feel completely unstuck from everything. Some people call this writers block. I’ve always called it ‘middle-book blues’.

However, this time I’m not so much in the middle of a book. I’m in the middle of writing a series, and I am literally pages away from finishing the second book. But for the last five weeks or so, I have been at a loss of what to do with the ending. I just simply cannot decide.

I have been thinking that perhaps I should just start writing a bunch of alternate endings, and putting a poll out for people to vote for their favourite. Only, I know that would take too long and I really need to start writing the third and final installment shortly. I have set myself a deadline to get this trilogy finished, and I plan on sticking to it.

So there you have it. I am a little unstuck from my writing at the moment. I know I have been on ‘radio silent’ on my blog for a while now…  But I will try to be better. (You would not believe how many blog posts I have written over the past five weeks that are partials, unfinished, unclear, and randomly all over the place.)

Ah well, that’s life, and this is where I am at.

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  1. Well hunny, don’t be too hard on yourself.
    Personally I think you should just start with Book 3. Essentially the trilogy is on BIG story and you are stuck at a particular scene (a major plot point?). If you were writing a book would you give that scene some space and keep on writing or would you keep poking it with your foot hoping it will come back to life?
    So just keep writing the series, and you may find you have a ‘Eureka’ moment while writing paragraph 35 of chapter 12…
    You WILL get there hun, just keep going one little foot at a time 🙂
    ((hugs))
    Tee

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    1. Yeah, I think you are right. The trilogy is one massive story… and I feel as though I am being rather stubborn with it, because it’s just not doing what I want it to do. I’ll get there. Eventually. At the moment, I’m on break time 🙂

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  2. Hang in there, Leigh! I had this happen to me last year when I moved back to the States. It lasted about 5 months, too (probably because I wasn’t entirely happy about the move and my husband was entering a unit that was right about to deploy). The best advice I got during that time was to journal about writing. (Thank you, J.S.) I also just had the vacation bug bite me really hard in July. The past three weeks have been torturous. So I know the feeling. I hope it breaks soon. Good for you for taking a well needed break! I hope it resolved your troublesome ending and jump starts you into that third novel!

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  3. I love tgayer’s advice about starting book 3 🙂 During that creation you are bound to have that “eureka” moment and figure out how best to end book 2. Meanwhile though, relax and enjoy time to yourself. I had 3-4 months off from writing my novel then, when I got back into it, I was so refreshed, I hammered it. After that initial panic, you should enjoy the break and know, after all of your hard work so far, you WILL finish it one day 🙂 xox

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  4. Welcome back to the blogging land…
    Sometimes we all need a break and a breather. Have you tried just writing without thinking? I don’t mean on the story but just stream-of-conscious writing…Maybe play with some of those new ideas and other stories. I had the same thing happen to me and instead of fighting with myself I just stepped away a bit. I worked on other ideas while I waited. Don’t fight yourself and don’t beat yourself up. It’s ok to have a break. Sending hugs your way. x

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