1/11/13

Getting My Mojo Back

After I published TROLL last summer, I lost my mojo for writing. Totally. I stopped writing. Period. Shoot, I didn't even read much.

Oh, I might have dabbled here and there with writing, written a few pages, or just jotted ideas down, but I wasn't WRITING.

Yes, there's a difference.

My writing thoughts were scattered. Heck, they're still scattered, especially if you look at my 2013 WiPs (Works in Progress) page, but I am writing.

I didn't know what story to start writing on, until one of my 15-year old fans asked me when the next book was coming out. I responded, "Guess I'd better start writing it then."

So, I started writing DRAGON, book four of the Goblin's Apprentice series. The beginning of this story will be very emotionally draining for me as a writer, but I think I'm ready to write it. When it's finished, you'll see why.

So many writers give advice to tell you to 'write through the block', 'write every day', and 'writer's write'.

But writer's also think a lot. We tend to daydream as we plot our stories. I think about scenes when I walk. One hour of solitude, just me and my thoughts. Writers will work out the logistics of a scene prior to sitting down to write it.

And the biggie for me, I NEED to be emotionally ready to write a particularly difficult scene(s).

I also have the advantage of NOT having a contractual deadline, as I think this helped me to sort my thoughts on this particular story without the added pressure.

Writing has made me happy again. I just needed a little break.

Later, Peeps!

3 comments:

Meg said...

I so agree, Margaret!
I'm glad you're writing again.
One day, me too.

Margaret Golla said...

I think when you're ready, it will happen, Meg!

Until then, thanks for being my CP!

"I will love you and squeeze you and hold you tight."

Jody Werner said...

I do a lot of artwork in my head, too. I think through the concepts for my cartoons, the wording, lots of stuff. That's where your creativity starts in the first place - by opening up your mind and letting it start to flow. What ends up on paper is the end product.