Well, I know I said I was taking a break from blogging and writing but…it’s in my blood, what can I say? I just can’t help it, lol Plus, though I love interviewing and hosting other bloggers, I miss chatting you all up personally, so I thought I’d check in and say “Hi!”
How are you all? The holiday season is here and, on my end, things are heating up like crazy. Life is hectic! I keep wanting to write but by the time I get to it at the end of the day, fatigue settles so intensely that motivation, stamina and concentration just evaporate. Which leads to me wavering between, “Maybe I just need to take a real break and rest up” to “No way! The ideas are there! The drive is there! I just have to man-up and push through!” Ah, what’s the saying? The spirit is willing but the body is weak? Sure right!
Anyhow, I decided to take the bull by the horns. I’ve been struggling to get going on my latest manuscript, book 3 of my trilogy. There are a few things which make this project so hard. 1) This is my first trilogy, so finding my way through the process is a lot of trial and error and, right now, it feels like mostly error, 2) writing a book is an extremely time consuming and intensive project–I get lost in it and sometimes it’s to the detriment of the things and people around me. Making the choice to enter that ‘space’ again is not easy, 3) writing a book is just damn hard. Each time I complete a project, I’m elated as well as exhausted mentally and emotionally. It’s hard to go back there, you know?
So you’re saying, “Giiirrrrl, the solution is simple. Just take a break, already!” Ha! Didn’t I already say that writing is in my blood, lol I’m like a moth drawn to the flame.
Anyhow, as I said, I took the bull by the horns and sat down to start revising a chapter of book 3, only this time I did something I haven’t needed to do for a while: I put on the headphones and listened to some tunes. My thinking was that if my rational brain–the part that complains of being tired or that complains about bad writing or how I’ll never get this manuscript together–is drowned out by music or at least distracted by it, then maybe I can actually get some writing done. And it worked. Thank you The Cure, Guns and Roses and company (for some reason, music from the 90’s just did it for me tonight). I didn’t write a massive amount, but the ideas were rolling, the characters were defining themselves, the chapter was improved overall. And I feel encouraged. That’s progress.
Maybe I’m only half-doomed.
How about you all? How does music help you? How do you get over writing fatigue?