I do not hold myself to writing regimens too much. For me, regimens don’t always work. It stifles my creative bursts and makes me more resistant to things I try to get done in the first place. So, I have never disciplined the writer in me very often. And for the most part, that has not caused much trouble. Until now, when it is time for me to start getting the draft together for book #4 of The Lightbound Saga.
True, I just published book #1, and #4 is some way to go. Maybe, I should cut myself some slack? Guess not.
Being an indie author has taught me one thing – with all the different caps I have to wear, all the tasks I have to constantly juggle between, I have to be prepared well ahead of time. There was no room for slack, not this time.
The problem was though, when I sat down with my laptop, I just could not write. Not exactly a writer’s block, because I could write other things, just not book #4. Oh well, whatever it was, the big question was – how could I get out of it? And fast?
First, I decided to keep the despised regimen in place. I allotted some time for writing book #4, and I made myself sit down and if it came to that – just stare at the screen for an hour. That worked a little bit, but still no breakthrough.
Then an author friend happened to mention a problem he was facing with his novel – he had written it in parts and now the challenge was stitching it all together. I had an idea! Maybe I could pick random chapters, or maybe I could pick the chapters that interested me most and slowly get the outline filled in?
It has been a week since – I have written more than an average of a 1000 words/day. I have completed four chapters, and all that while working on editing book #2, marketing book#1 and being a mommy to a super active 3 year old. I can now officially declare myself out of the block.