Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Nerve

First of all I want to say a big Thank you to Christine Bell I won a copy of her new ebook Pray a novel about the wolves of Pray out now with Cobblestone Press. There is nothing I love better than winning books, books rock!
If you ask for my publishing story, its not long 2 years ago I wrote something (an unsalvageable novelette) got a standard form R went into hiding and started writing again in June 2010 since then I've churned out 3 novellas (around 25k each) and have 2 other WIPs. I do all my writing at night because I am a SAHM to a boy who hides my books and wants to break my laptop, writing comes pretty easy to me until I have a deadline, once I have to meet a deadline I freeze up and my mind goes blank, I loose my nerve and get plagued with self doubt. Everything sorts itself out in the end it all goes with the being bionic territory :D, but this got me wondering I can't be the only one with this freeze up syndrome, what do you do to get over dry spells? I just write a lot of drivel till I strike gold again.

WIP = work in progress
SAHM = Stay at home Mom
R = Rejection letter


  1. LOL you read my post today didn't you? I cook! Or gardening works to if the weather's good. Also napping helps.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love meeting other writers! Your blog is great, and this post made me laugh (in a good way). Good luck with your wips!


  3. Thanx Justine and yes LOL Karen my husband thinks I need to sleep some more, right now i do around 5-6 hours per night and ideally I would love 12 hours or even more sometimes. i cant wait for my mom to come visit

  4. Congrats on winning the book!

    And wow! Joanna, I am SO impressed. You are a very prolific writer!

  5. oh Talli u've got me blushing but do go on

  6. Woo-hoo! I love winning books too! Congrats!

  7. I just won some books, too, and it is a satisfying feeling! That's how I read Fire.

    As for my dry-spells, I tend to shy away from the laptop until I've got things figured out enough to start typing again.

    And self-doubt? It comes and goes in cycles. Sometimes I'm hating my work, and by extension, myself. Then something happens to get me loving the WiP again, usually a mini breakthrough or scene change.

    Hang in there! Blogging definitely helps motivate me to keep writing.

  8. I am JUST the opposite! I write better when I have a deadline. In fact, it's like I NEED a deadline or I fuss around too much, so I usually create a fake, self-imposed deadline. Funny, but it works because I feel like I failed if I miss it, so it keeps me motivated.


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