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I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing lately, but I haven’t done much honest-to-goodness writing. It’s high time I changed that. In fact, I have the basic idea for a new story in mind as I write this, and when I sit down and actually think about it, it excites me. So why do I keep putting it off?

I think part of it is because I’m a procrastinator by nature. I feel like I need to get all these other things done first. Problem is, when I finally finish doing all these other things, I’m too exhausted, too unfocused, to work on it. But doing those other things are just another way of procrastinating. Yes, they’re important, but they’re getting in the way of my writing. What I need to do is face my fear, the fear that maybe this story will fall flat on it’s face. Or worse, maybe it will be the perfect story and become my first published novel, and then I’ll have all kinds of expectations to live up to.

My hubby and I were talking yesterday about how scary it is to follow other writers on Twitter, to interact with them, and how sometimes I just want to go crawl under a rock or do something “safer.” But you know what? If they don’t like me, who cares? I’m not writing to be liked, and I’m not on Twitter to make people like me. I like me, and that’s what counts. I’m going to write and improve on my skills, and I’m going to keep trying to turn out great stories because that’s what I want to do. I love creating new characters and getting to know them, exploring their worlds, having a hand in their adventures (even if it’s only to write down what they tell me to). I have to stay true to myself first and foremost, because I’m the one who has to look at myself in the mirror every morning.

So, first up, I’ll be working on two stories. One is for a friend, and it’s part of the roleplay we do. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun, and I believe it’s helping me to write more realistic characters.

Second is my time travel story. As I said above, I only have the basic idea. I also have my “character models.” It seems like I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me regarding these two stories, but it’s fun work. In my book, that’s not really work. It’s play. I take my play time seriously.

Another thing I wanted to mention is that our first Theme Pack is up for sale over on YourStoryStarters.com. It’s a Horror & Thriller Theme Pack, and it will normally run for $27, but for a limited time, you can get it for $17. It’s a pack of 52 thought provoking story starters in the genres of Horror & Thriller. Each starter comes complete with some guiding questions and tips to help get you writing when you’re not sure where to begin. We’re rather proud of it, and we feel that this can help give a lot of struggling writers and would-be writers the boost they need to start putting words on the page.

And, well, I said I was going to write, so I’d better get my butt in gear and get started!

Lois

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