After a year of very serious writer’s block, I’ve tried lots of things to kickstart my imagination. But nothing seemed to be working.
I puttered with a new Western Contemporary (a first for me), and with the fourth book in the Unfinished Business series. I went back to my urban fantasy. But the depth of the research after the death of dear Mary O’Gara, who taught me everything I know about Tarot and astrology was a major set back for that series, as well as a personal loss.
As a panster, outlining doesn’t work for me–and I have to let the characters start waking me up at night and distracting me during the day with their demands. I write the beginning, and the end. They dictate what comes in between.
There are the inevitable distractions: The day job, family responsibilities, household tasks, and college tours. This past weekend, my cat got into the garbage one time too many and needed emergency surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction. (He’s fine).
But Happy 100s, a loose collection of writers I was invited to join on Facebook for 100 days of writing 100 words a day, that go things moving. The Western romance is 58,000 words and counting, and 42,500 words of that were written August 1. I hope to have a complete first draft by the conclusion in October.
I’m not setting any goals beyond that. It will be my first book in almost two years, proof that I can do it again, and again, and again. The fourth book in the Unfinished Business series for NanoWriMo? Yes, I can.