hitting roadblocks

20 Jan

I’m finding this year’s writing challenge much more difficult than last year’s. I’m suddenly finding myself stuck in fits of writer’s block, despite having tons of scene and dialogue ideas floating through my head at any given moment.

It’s like I know what I need to be doing, but I don’t know how to get it there. I went to the bookstore a couple of weeks ago and bought a new writing book/guide, called Book In A Month. Of course, I don’t plan on writing a book in a month, but I thought I could take some of the lessons out of it and seeing how I can apply it to this 100k challenge. I have got to get somewhere on this challenge, and I feel sometimes like I am already failing miserably. Last year it was so easy…I could write anything I wanted. I could putter on the novel, work on a fic for a series I’ve been working on for the last two years, or anything I wanted to. Now I have to stick to one project, and I’m rather ashamed to say it’s breaking my spirit a bit. I’m writing every day on In The Spotlight, but I feel at this point that it’s nothing substantial…just little bits and pieces.

But I will prevail. I will stick to this challenge, and to quote the fantastic that is Tim Gunn from Project Runway, I will “make it work”. Haha.

If I can get through the character chart at least once, I think I can do this thing. Once I settle into the whole idea of bringing Spotlight to a true beginning, middle, and end, I will be in a much better spot.

I think my problem right now is that my brain flickers from idea to idea, and I can never settle into one thought to write it out before moving on.  I vow to work on that this year too…as part of the challenge.

Meanwhile, as I’ve been struggling to write something decent, I’ve been working on putting together a better writing playlist on my iPod. I think I finally have a good mix. I have a very eclectic taste in music, from country to rock to alternative to classical to soundtracks. It’s nice to have different tunes that both motivate and inspire. My playlist goes from Keith Urban to John Mayer to selections from Glee to Lady Antebellum and Train to Michael Buble and Josh Groban. Color me eclectic…really. My songs of choice at the moment are “Sara Smile” by Jimmy Wayne, “Need You Now” and “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum, and “‘Til Summer Comes Around” by Keith Urban. All motivating songs for me right now.

Back to actual writing now. I have this tiny little scene in my brain that has stuck with me all day and at this point, if I don’t at least flesh it out a bit, I will be failing for the day. heh.


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