Hello, all! I have several announcements this week. I’ve surpassed ten blog followers and gained over one hundred Twitter followers! Thank you to everybody who has supported my blog and helped me reach – and exceed – those big round numbers. You are all very much appreciated.
It’s only right that I try my best to work hard in exchange for that support, and I’m pleased to tell you that my writing has finally picked back up to a decent pace. Over the course of the last three days I’ve written over two thousand words and I’m feeling good about it.
Two factors have really helped to get the ball rolling again, and I’d like to discuss them both here.
Firstly, music. I’m certainly not the first author to make use of music during their creative process, and I started thinking about music I associated with the book a while ago. After my slump last week, however, its value has truly made itself known. It’s reminded me of the feel of the novel – the atmosphere. It’s this perfect little summation of what I’m getting at which doesn’t need construction or summation or elaboration. If you’re a writer and don’t have a playlist for your story, have a crack at making one. It may not seem important, but it can turn out to be a quick and therapeutic way to submerge back into your story world.
The second factor was a little matter of acceptance. I am halfway through Chapter Six. And why? Because I have accepted that Chapter Five is just not ready to happen yet. I am taking a new strategy by just writing the bits I know I can write, and, heaven forbid, actually enjoying it. I was getting so hung up on the bigger picture that I forgot I could enjoy it somehow.
The twists and turns of the mystery element are going to need some more time to come to fruition, but I’m going to stop stressing about that as much. At first draft stage, I’m willing to just forgo the details and have a good time with the narrative for as long as possible. Because, hey, just because I want writing to be a job, it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it, right?
P.S. My playlist may be book-specific, but I still challenge anyone not to feel wired to write after listening to Howl by Florence + the Machine. Gives me the tingles!