Thursday, June 28, 2007

Writer's Block

As some of you probably already know, I’m working on my second book right now. It’s been exciting and this book seems to flow better than my first one. I’ve started two other books that just didn’t flow well. One was based on a fictional story about two lesbians who went through trials of discrimination. The bulk of the storyline was focused on the military life. I’m sure you can imagine some of the plots right there. It’s not finished, however, it’s sitting on the back burner for now because fiction isn’t my bag. This new book is almost halfway finished and focuses on the differences between religion and spirituality. I’m actually having a lot of fun with it and getting some great ideas from all of you out there, as well as doing some research.

It’s funny trying to sit down and write without the phone constantly ringing, or being at a place that just isn’t conducive to creativity. Amy suggested that I head over to the café and write my heart out. The problem with that is, I would do more people watching, rather than focus on what I’m writing. My café mochas would be pumpin’ my heart a million beats per minute, and I would most likely be listening to a juicy conversation at the next table. My ADD would kick in big time and my book would be a huge gossip column. Not good.

I started my writing while on vacation in the Hamptons. I watched the surf come crashing in, as the sunset danced across the ocean. It was the most beautiful sight ever. The bulk of my inspiration was sitting outside on my deck watching the ocean and praying. I’ve had so many revelations, confirmations from God and thought processes. It was what I needed to start my new book. Each day I’m finished with a few chapters. Sometimes, I find myself writing so fast, that the errors are just unreal. I usually have them edited and thrown back to me like a second grade grammar school student.

I know that a few of you who read me have written books yourselves. Right now, I’ve come to a little bit of a stumbling block. I don’t want to force a new chapter, I need it to come crashing through like all the others did. I guess I have writer’s block right now. It usually creeps back in when I least expect it. As writers yourselves, what techniques do you use or inspiration do you get in order to continue writing? I think it helps a lot to hear from other writers. It helps hearing from numerous authors who write anything--whether it be poetry, song lyrics or even short stories and blogs. What plants the seeds of your stories or lyrics? Is there something you do that produces more thought processes and ideas?

I’ve heard that espresso works well. I tried this, and although it does give me energy, I find myself with racing thoughts, instead of focused and well thought out ideas. It’s almost like my blog, very fast paced and rambled through. They say that if you eat more fish, this seems to help with brain functions. (I need a truckload!) I’ve been eating fish almost two to three times per week. I guess it helps. I’m not sure. It comes and goes. All the mercury in my blood probably gave me this blockage.

I’ll be writing here and there on the blog when I come to a stumbling block, but for now, I’m going to focus on my book and try to visit you all when I can. You’ll probably see some funny random videos on here – or just some short dribble about my frustrations with this new book.

And for those who have personally emailed me asking if I was moving to Denver, please read the entire post and see that it was a sarcastic poke fun bit at Dani. My roots are long and deep in New York.


Natalia said...

Writing begets writing was one of the best pieces of advice I ever received from a fellow writer and I am passing it on to you. Even when blocked, I write. The more I write, even if what I write is no good, the more unblocked I get and the good stuff starts to flow.

I pace a lot too.


tkkerouac said...

Good luck with the writers block, you are very eloquent
I have an idea
in the meantime, you can post a HNT, lol

~Deb said...

Natalia: I've heard that before and I have tried that before, however somehow I find myself going back to what I wrote saying, "What was I thinking?" Has that ever happened to you? Pacing may be the way to go here!

Tkker: HNT is a scary thought on this blog! ;)

Jessie said...

Right now my book about healthy eating for kids is with the publisher, and because it was all mostly factual information and research, it was easy and it flowed and Im pretty sure I finished the actual meat of the book (sans recipes) in about a week.

My autobiography, now that one is hard. I have to think back to before I had a blog, and remember why I am mad at someone, or what they did, and I have to get mad about it all over again.

Good luck busting up that block, its tough.

~Deb said...

That's great, Jessie. It's nice when it just flows. The books that I write are mostly from a personal perspective, so it's harder to think, remember certain stories pertaining to each subject I speak of, as well as examples. I know what I want to talk about, but the relation to it all is the hard part.

Good luck with yours!

The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

I haven't written fiction or the kind of spiritual autobiographical work you have, but having to produce weekly sermons and having written two dissertaions, here is what works for me. I set the same time aside every day for writing and I make myself write - even if what comes out is terrible. The routine and self-discipline of just doing it, gets me through the blocked stretch.

~Deb said...

The pattern I'm seeing in many writers is JUST DO IT. Write. Force it. Hmm. I'm going to have to give this a shot!

Thanks guys! This really helps me, hearing what your techniques are. As you can see, I'm still on my blog "thinking".


QUASAR9 said...

lol Deb,
writer's block?
I thought YouTube did away with any shortfalls from writer's block

Natalia said...

Absolutely it has happened but that's the keep writing all the crap until there is no more crap to write and the good stuff comes out. You can either dispose of the crap or see if there are salvageable parts that might need work. I think the worst someone can do is stop writing. A block to me is a plug of crap that needs to come out to let the good flow get through.

And pacing gets my blood flowing and my brain too.


Dave said...

Well, good luck and when the need arises let your fingers take you back to us. You are always welcome and I love reading your stuff.

just me said...

This is me cheerleading you. Wooo Hooo. You can do it.

Enemy of the Republic said...

I agree with Natalie. I still have to read your first one! I think it's great that you are doing this.

Christinewjc said...

Maybe it's the Holy Spirit of God urging you towards the right path:

Rom 8:27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.

Gal 5:25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

~Deb said...

Quasar: Youtube is a nice distraction!

Natalia: I tried it and it worked well! Finished a very powerful chapter. Thank you for the advice!

Dave: Thanks a lot Dave. I appreciate your kind words. I get most of my inspiration from writers like you.

Just me: I see the pom poms now! Thank you!

Enemy: You should be writing a book if you haven’t already. I would be first on line to purchase it!

Christine: I totally agree with you, because I just finished up with a powerful chapter. I still have a lot of ideas brewing and I’m thankful that so many people have encouraged me.

Dan said...

Didn't JK Rowling write the first Harry Potter novel in a cafe?

Dirk_Star said...

Have you ever read the book, "Conduct Unbecoming; Gays and Lesbians in the Military."

It is must reading, especially in light of the current problem with Arab translators being such a scarce commodity.

The problem was predicted quite a while ago...

~Deb said...

Dan: He probably doesn't have an ADD problem or bothers to eavesdrop on those around him. I need one of those mom & pop cafes.

Dirk: I never heard of that book--I'll have to check that out. Just by what you said regarding the Arab translators, I can see where this plot is headed. Very interesting. Thank you for the reference!

Matt-Man said...

Good luck on the book Deb...I have found that wine always helps writer's block or at least let's you feel better about it. Cheers!!