Friday, September 25, 2009

It's a Slump Day

I've never believed in writers block and those that talk about their 'muse' seem to me to be a bit airy fairy. Just get your butt on the seat. Sure, some days are harder than others. Some days the creative juices flow freely and you struggle to get all the thoughts and ideas down before they disappear forever. Other days it's just plain hard work. Today is one of those days. I've accomplished a good word count and what I've written is OK, but each and every word was an effort to lay on the page. I'm working on the middle of a book. For me, smack dab in the middle of the book is always the toughest. The hero and heroine and are in the nitty gritty of getting to know one another (really know one another) and beginning to show signs of growing as individuals and a potential couple despite some serious hurdles about to come their way. I could be overly critical but I am always worried it will feel like it slumps in the middle and it's a filler before the slide into the Happily Ever After. I'm hoping tomorrow I will sit down refreshed with new eyes and the big picture will became crystal clear again!!


  1. Hi Kaily -- yes, the middle of a book is difficult. Sometimes it helps to write the end first, and then at least you know where you're going ;). I've had some success with that method, but other times, when I'm not exactly sure of the ending yet, I just muddle through. Keep typing -- you'll get there!

  2. That's too funny! That's EXACTLY what I do. I always write the ending before I've completed a full first pass of a book. In fact, I'll often flit between chapters detailing different parts of the book completely out of sequence until I get it all down. That may be the issue; I'm trying to 'stuff' the middle after the fact and the process feels contrived. I think it gets there in the end but I'm going to try it in a more linear fashion on the next one (if I can) and see if it makes any difference!