A Labor of Love: Writing Help From an Awesome Indie Author

It’s really no secret that I’m a fan of Adam Dreece‘s work. So, I’d like to offer anyone who slips through here this Valentine’s Day (or any other, to be frank) a gentle nudge to make Adam Dreece’s blog part of one’s writer’s arsenal (and his books part of one’s ebook or paperback library).

So, I’ve been griping about burnout, which is a bit more intense than basic writer’s block. It’s the equivalent of my muse telling me that we need to see other people for now before it moved out. But I definitely think that when my muse returns (albeit petulantly, I expect), I’ll be appeasing my muse with some of Adam’s advice from his most recent web journal entry: Getting Unstuck (for authors).

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and to your muses–present or on a break.

And as a long-distance dedication to my own muse, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance–because my muse was perfectly happy to let me write over 30 of them in 10 years without burning out:

The Art of Traveling to Another World

Books--Good-vs-Great
Have I lost the ability to unlock my worlds and open them to readers?

Despite being tired today, I’ve realized that I’ve lost something profound which may play a part in the tepid reception of Man and Brother: I wasn’t transported fully into this book when I drafted it.

That . . . is not good news.

Not good news at all for the future of my noveling career.

Not good news for a person who spent her childhood traveling somewhere or another through the power of books.

Not good news at all.

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Cryptid Series Pre-Release Malaise, or the Man and Brother Blues

Writing the first line of a web journal entry like this one is very hard.

towelusefailI want to come out chipper and gleeful, like my book is the cure for the everyday reading difficulties that all good and decent people must have suffered since the beginning of time:

“Hey, hey! I’m publishing this week! Line up and take a look at the last two years of ink, sweat, toil, and tears! Free samples? Of course! C’mon and have a no-obligation-to-buy-whatsoever sample!”

The reality is that I am exhausted. Am I happy? Sometimes I want to weep in relief and exhaustion and frustration: relief because it’s out, exhaustion because I regularly spent 16-hour days writing and editing and rewriting, and frustration because I want it to be error-free.

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Author Update: I Got the Man and Brother Blues . . .

I have calluses on my fingertips. From writing, yes. From redrafting outlines and series continuity notes on the Cryptid Series, yes. So those of you who want me to suffer because Man and Brother isn’t out yet? I am.

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Novel Update: Man and Brother

Man and BrotherI’d like to write “I’m finished!” as my current novel update for Book 2 of the Cryptid Series (Man and Brother). I’m not, and I have a lot of work to go to complete the redraft of Man and Brother.

So I decided to offer up a comprehensive novel update explaining why I didn’t get Man and Brother out in October as I had originally planned. I’ve talked about it here-and-there, on Twitter to some and in person to others.

So without further ado, I present the reasons that Man and Brother was not released with the crop of amazing indie offerings in October.

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Is it Time to Let Go of my WIP?

TunisPressAn Unpleasant Decision

I’m in an unpleasant situation currently with my manuscript for Man and Brother: Volume 2 of the Cryptid Series. On one hand, I really need to work on it to see a release date in the next six months. On the other hand, I’ve lost the energy to produce content to edit. So, I have a decision to make: Do I force myself to complete what I know will be an inferior product, or do I step back completely and return to reading and reviewing the books I have in my ever-increasing reading queue?

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A Cast of Thousands

Dierer WoodcutWhen writing a story, a balance must be struck between populating the world and creating a riot.

I am always happy when I can fold multiple characters into a single yet complex character. It’s like folding the evil twin into the good twin and getting a believable individual. It’s a gift from the writing gods, and readers don’t have to be frustrated with yet another character crowding the already-crowded stage.

This time, I changed a character too much between books and without reason. A complaint was raised by my primary beta reader. Of course, this means a new character has to step in and take on the misfit role.

So, again I appear to face delays in the march toward publication.

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