The creative path can be a lonely one. Your family and friends love you and want you to be successful, but sometimes… well, sometimes it’s a lot like this.
The truth is, some days writing a book is a bit like open warfare. You, the author, often have very particular ideas about what you want your characters to do, how you want them to do it, when and so on. You’d think, since you’re the writer, that you were in control. You’d be wrong.
Once characters emerge fully fleshed in the story they often develop a mind of their own. The story will sometimes teeter out of your control as your muse gives it a goddess-like shove in a direction you never intended. And your characters, well, they might have ideas of their own about how to act in a given situation.
From the outside, the writing life is a glamorous one. Speaking engagements all around the world with free airfare and hotel, adoring fans fawning on every word you utter, plenty of money for you to live quite comfortably while you scribble away over at the coffee shop everyday. And oh… how wonderful must it be to live so creatively every day!
It has it’s benefits, I’m not going to lie. But things are rarely what we initially believe them to be.
Ideas, and no more ideas? If I had a dollar for every time this happened to me I’d be giving my books away and living like J.K. Rowling! Many (most) writers are part-time scribblers and part-time something elsers. Ideas seem to fall from the sky at an alarming rate while I’m working on that something else. I wade through them like snow during a March Colorado snow. (That’s super deep, in case you didn’t know.)
The instant my butt hits my office chair at home, however, not even a cricket can be heard through the deafening silence in my head. *sigh*
The Writing Life is a once monthly comic series posted on the first Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned for the next comic, scheduled for 5/4/16.
Somewhere roughly about the midpoint of a novel life really begins to suck for a writer. You would think that being a plotter would help with this, but, you’d be wrong. Middles are simply shitty places to be. I think if a novel could be written without a middle all of us would do it.
The Writing Life is a once monthly comic series posted on the first Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned for the next comic, scheduled for 4/6/16.
Writers may not always be writing, but they are always working. Last winter I took a vacation to Puerto Rico and I spent a considerable amount of time of every activity considering how/if/when it might be used in a story. In Across the Darkling Sea (releasing in April 2016!) an entire chapter of that book came out of an experience I had while in Belize several years ago.
This is all fine and good while you’re on vacation. But when… well…
The Writing Life is a once monthly comic series posted on the first Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned for the next comic, scheduled for 3/2/16.
Aaah, January. It’s still cold as hell outside but the motivational fires are burning hot on the inside. We’ve made resolutions, commitments to ourselves. We’ve got ideas dammit, and they are clawing their way out of our chests like a xenomorph. We are mighty. Our ideas are mighty. And our enemies small. I got this. We got this. This year, we will prevail.
The Writing Life comic is a once monthly comic on the trials, tribulations and outright humor that is a writers life. It comes out the first Wednesday of every month.
Yes, as a matter of fact I do have a full suit of armor and a sword. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve got issues when it comes to spiders. I respect their role in the universe, I love they eat other things I equally despise (like mosquitos) and will never harm them outdoors…but when they enter my domicile it’s on.
And, this is how I do it. Every. Single. Time.
PS: I don’t have a suit of armor. But if I did, this is totally how I would use it.