By Jeanine Englert
I don’t know if you are like me, but on occasion, especially with my writing, I find that I get sucked into a black void of procrastination with my current manuscripts. I fall into a cycle of waves of frantic writing when a book is coming due versus times of fallowness, where I don’t write for weeks on end.
It still panics me every time I do it, as I am currently panicking now over a book due later this summer, but the panic isn’t as intense as it used to be. This is mostly due to two things:
First, I am a Becca Syme fan and after reading many of her books and listening to her podcasts, I know I NEED the times of what appears to be fallowness to process and work through my book in my head and subconscious in order to be able to put it on the page later.
Secondly, my writing process isn’t a neat, linear line, but a messy out of order piece of art that will get organized when my brain allows me to do that. Forcing myself to write never works, nor does emotionally or mentally flogging myself for my procrastination since that IS part of my messy process. My stories never come to me in order or even one at a time. They never have and as I work on my tenth book, I imagine they never will.
So, as I face my procrastination. . . my process. . . once again, I take a deep breath and remember this is what I NEED to do, not necessarily what I choose to. If you are like me and procrastination is a part of your process, don’t torture yourself over it. It is YOUR process. And if you haven’t read a Becca Syme book or listened to her podcast (Becca Syme – YouTube) you should. Your process should be celebrated no matter how neat, chaotic, or unusual it might be. It is what makes you the writer you are and the books you create special.
You ARE an artist. Celebrate and embrace your beautiful palette of color, which for us as writers, is our process of creating stories and characters from thin air.
Care to share a part of your writing process? Feel free to drop a comment below!
Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery.
Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.
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