Writer's Block, Procrastination, Poor Internet
In July, I shared a bit about some major life transitions for myself and my family. Somehow, in the middle of that transition, I was able to knock out a short story (Tristal), and began work on another. The intention was to write this other short story, release it, and then put all the short stories into an anthology for print publication. All to be done by Christmas of last year.
...and I failed miserably to meet my own deadlines and expectations.
I failed at a lot of things since July, but with all the things I failed at, I wildly succeeded in other things, so I have to admit, I don't really regret the poor internet, the procrastination, and the on and off writer's block.
That said, my family has noted my lack of commitment to writing over the last several months. My son has been hounding me, going so far as to finding me youtube videos about world building, language development, and other fantasy related subjects in hopes that something there would get me jump started back into this decade-long project of mine.
Then for Christmas, I got a book from Hubby: The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. I have read and researched and "done my homework" regarding writing in my favorite genre, but I sat down that night and nearly finished the book in one sitting. It is a gem of tips, tricks, reminders, refreshers, and common sense advice that I have to admit I had forgotten, looked over, or just hadn't done.
So the past couple weeks, I have sat down with my trusty three inch binder that holds all my notes, world, plot, characters, races, short stories, timeline, map, etc and have truly started to try to fill in the gaps that have largely kept me from making any real progress with my novel and my last short story.
No more excuses. The clock hasn't slowed down or stopped, and if life has taught me anything in the last several months, it's that every single minute matters.
Sorry, I do not have any new deadlines or active goals regarding my next short story, the anthology, or my first novel in Mythnium, but I do hope to be more consistent in my writing as 2020 moves along.
Please stay tuned.
Here is a peek at my new workspace. I have the best seat in the house!