Okay, I don’t mean to come off sounding a little…off, but there’s some truth behind hearing voices when you’re a writer. At least there is for me. It’s that part of my imagination I’ve made very good use of over the past few years since before and after I wrote and published my first book. It’s what happens when I get just a hint of an idea for a character, a plot or just a simple storyline, and the characters or story idea continues to haunt me so that I’m no longer able to ignore it.
Eventually, the characters or story idea is something I go to sleep thinking about, wake up after dreaming about or just can’t get away from while I lose myself deep in thought during my drive to and from work. The thoughts become something I amuse myself with, make notes about and eventually begin to write about.
Although I did set aside the month of April to start a new book during Camp NaNo, and I am happy with the results of what I was able to accomplish, the rest of this year has proven to be difficult when it came to writing. My imagination has been difficult to breach and the voices of my characters have been stubbornly quiet.
Back in March I posted about my inability to create, and I believe now as I did then: writers block is nothing more than where your mindset is at the time you need to write. Here’s a paragraph from that post:
This occurrence of writer’s block is much more extreme but again, it is only due to where my mindset is at this moment. It’s obviously going to take more time before I’ll be able to delve deeply into the stories and characters I enjoy so much. There are a few hurdles I need to get past, some more fears I need to face but eventually the huge, ugly wall that’s been blocking my ability to create will finally begin to crumble so that I can toss the pieces aside and move on. There are no odds against me making it through these tough times; it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time.
I did have to get past some additional fears and move through some more difficult times but the time away from writing also allowed me to focus on family and healing. I may not be completely healed from my grief and we may still have some difficult times ahead as a family, but I’ve noticed something lately… I feel as is the fog I’ve been shrouded in is beginning to clear and I now have the sense of being prodded more often by thoughts about my characters and stories. Lately it’s to the point that I am regularly thinking about the mystery surrounding my characters and I have new ideas stirring, as well.
It’s been so long…and I’ve really missed it. I feel as if I’m welcoming an old friend.
I don’t know what I have to do to keep my imagination churning or the characters chattering, but I’m going to do my best not to let either slip away or hide again. I have too much to complete when it comes to writing and time slips away so quickly…I have a hard time believing it’s already the middle of September.
So where does that leave me with my work in progress? I’m still going to try to complete my short story – in a perfect world I’d like to have it out by the beginning of November so maybe I can reach my goal if I set a strict deadline. We shall see. My new young adult novel is still going to remain a work in progress, one I’ll add to as the muse allows and one I hope to complete and publish later next year. But it’s the new characters in my fourth Jorja Matthews book that are speaking the loudest so I’m going to spend the rest of my free time working on that book. Especially since I’ve heard from so many people lately how much they have loved the series (thank you!!) and can’t wait for another.
It may sound strange when I say I’m happy to hear my characters are speaking to me again, but for those who enjoy my stories, I believe you’re probably happy to hear this news as well.
Thank you, take care and and have a great week!