Category Archives: Writing topics

Writer’s block: Kryptonite for writers

How many of us have experienced writer’s block? I have told people that I have not had this issue. But that is not how I should word it. What I do when I get stuck is work on another project. Another WIP that I can spend time on until I am ready for the one that slowed me down.

I work on multiple writings at any given time to keep my mind on point with the different genres, characters, plots, and more.

It keeps me writing, regardless of what, and moving forward.

I have heard from many writers who need time to walk away, some putting their projects down and simply walking away.

Getting stuck is not fun. Not knowing how to continue, how to improve, and how to get over the hump varies. What works for some does not for others. People who hear I write on more than one project will wonder how I do it. Or better yet, why I do it. But it comes in part when I need a break from another project or when I am stuck.

One thing that has worked is when I am so horribly stuck and not motivated to work on another project. I will write something, anything to keep writing. It could include a blog post, a tweet, working on editing, or hanging around other like-minded people. Things will keep me in the frame of mine of writing until I am ready to work on my current WIP.

Block from writing is not fun. It can plague and discourage us. But when it happens, write on something, anything to keep your creative mind going forward until your brain one day is ready to get back to your project.

What time of day works best for you to write?

What time of the day is writing more productive for you? I ask for this reason. In an interview online, I wrote that I tend to write in the afternoon. I wait until I finish my errands and chores. A comment by a follower mentioned that she had not heard of a writer writing in the afternoon before. The owner of the site agreed.

That got me thinking. It is practical for me. I never considered writing first thing in the morning if it isn’t NaNoWriMo. It is hard for me to concentrate on writing if I have an errand, the fridge needs cleaning, laundry sorted, my animals cleaned, and more.

So, when do you write? When the mood hits me or when I have free time works for me.

Could I be more productive earlier? Yes, for again NaNoWriMo, if I want to win. I always want to win. I will get up early in the morning to get my word count. If I wait until the afternoon, it might not happen. Happily, I have attempted NaNo and have won all three times.

Apart from that, I tend to put it on hold until time presents itself.

If nothing comes on to write on toward a WIP, I will blog, or do something, anything, that goes toward writing, whether that is marketing, working on my social media platform, and more.

But everyone is different. What works for you is what matters at the end of the day.

Best of luck.

Penpals: What a great experience

When I was in fifth grade, a school from Kansas sent a letter asking for someone to be penpals with a little girl named Melinda. They were sending letters all over for the class. Luckily I was chosen.

What embarked was a great time in my young life as I learned about Mindy and her family, and she learned about mine. Sadly, we lost touch. It is something I have thought about over the years.

A few months, ago I became penpals with a six-year-old little girl.

Her grandmother, one of my besties, asked if I would be open to that. I readily said yes. Grabbing some note cards from the Dollar Store, I started my journey with this young person.

She is just learning to read and write, so I will get short sentences and sometimes just words. But that is okay. What is developing between us is a love to write, the companionship of sorts, and joy.

Her grandmother says she gets so excited when she gets letters in the mail from me, and to be honest, I do as well. She was having so much fun now her older brother wanted to be part of it, so now I have two pen-pals.

It keeps me writing, even if it is not toward any of my works. It helps me write at that age level which is good since one of my series is this age level.

Both the mother and grandmother have expressed how happy they are that this is happening. They are both appreciative.

But to be honest, I am not sure who is having more fun, the kids or me. May this journey continue between us.