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A Cure For Writer’s Block…Seriously!!!!

I’ve been having troubles with writing lately While my issues have nothing to do with writer’s block, I still try to find different methods of overcoming it. You never know what might work to help overcome brain fog as well…and I think I may have found something.

I was searching on YouTube (I’m a bit of a YouTube addict) and I saw this video called, Writer’s Block Instant Cure. I thought, yeah right. It’s probably going to be another one of those nice pep talks that try to convince you writer’s block doesn’t exist and it’s all in your head.

Well, this is kinda like that and kinda not. It redefines writer’s block so you can better understand what’s happening and how you can truly overcome it, so I wanted to share it with my fellow authors out there. If it helps you out, let me know in the comments below!

 

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#WIP Wednesday – Don’t Sneeze on Me!

I know… weird title. But it’s totally relevant. I’ve fallen so far behind again thanks to the flu.

Worse, I get sick really easily.

And even worse than that… I have to take a trip into town tomorrow, and I know there are going to be people sneezing, coughing and other nasty things in my proximity.

It can’t be helped though. It’s winter and my daughter needs pants for school, so I’ll brave the germ infested mall and hope I get out of it unscathed.

Needless to say, I haven’t gotten much done recently as far as writing. Episode 21 of my Shadow Stalker serial was due to be released today, and I’m still working on the end of Episode 20. So yeah… I’m getting there, but it definitely won’t be on time.

I’ve decided I’m just going to release things as I finish them for now… at least until flu season is over. I do have a short story I wrote last year (forgot about it completely) that I’ll hopefully be releasing on the 21st. It just needs a bit of editing (and a cover). And I hope I’ll have Episodes 20 and 21 finished before the end of the month. That’s what I’m shooting for anyway. We’ll see how it goes.

I did start working on my new serial a little while I was sick. It’s going to be fun to write. I’m doing it a lot differently than Shadow Stalker. For one, it’s not going to have a definitive ending. Each year I plan to write a new season of 22 episodes, and I’ll keep writing until people get sick of it (or I run out of story ideas). Also, the episodes are going to be much shorter, but I’ll be releasing a new one every two weeks, so readers won’t have to wait nearly as long.

I’ll be writing these well in advance too (in fact, I’ll be halfway finished with season one by the end of this year), so getting them released in time shouldn’t be an issue.

I’ve put my novels on hold until I’m caught up with the serial episodes though. But I’m nearly ready to get started on the writing.

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#ISWG – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (But It’s All Good)!

 

I missed last months post, and nearly missed this month as well, thanks to the flu. It’s that time of year here in Australia, and I get sick so easily at the best of times. Of course, I scheduled to get the flu shot the day before I got sick, but thankfully by the time I went in my fever had broken, so I was able to get it. I seriously hope I can avoid getting that sick again. I end of falling so far behind.

I still haven’t finished writing Episode 20 of my Shadow Stalker serial and Episode 21 is due out tomorrow… guess what’s not happening?

At least I’ve been writing little bits at a time though, and Episode 20 is nearly done. I’ll just release stuff as I finish it until I’m all caught up. Thankfully, I have a great group of readers who seem to be very supportive when I get sick like this. Happens to us all, I suppose.

Writing for me is always slow between March and August, so I think in the future I need to plan for that…and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of keeping up with a schedule, especially when you have a chronic illness. For those who don’t know, I have Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t respond well to the treatment, so most days I feel like I haven’t slept for days, my brain almost always feels like mush, and I won’t even get started on the pain.

I used to get very stressed out and feel like a failure when I couldn’t keep up with writing schedules like other authors, but it was very counterproductive. So I started talking about my illness and my setbacks with others, and it was the best thing I could have done. People are quite supportive, which gave me the push I needed to keep going.

It’s important to recognize your limitations and work with them, rather than trying to force yourself to keep up with everyone else. Instead of worrying whether or not I’m keeping up with my schedule, I rearrange my schedule when I need to, and instead I focus on following a routine. Even when I’m not well, I try to write a little every day. I’ve had days where all I could manage was a few sentences, but every little bit brings me closer to finishing my project.

Some days I can’t write at all, but that’s okay too. I use those days to catch up on other things like emails and promotional stuff. If I can’t get out of bed, I’ll even work from my phone (thank goodness for smartphones, right?). Eventually, I always catch up. It helps that I schedule time off from writing during my daughter’s school holidays, so I can use that time for catching up.

Do you have trouble sticking to a schedule? Do you have an illness or injury that makes it seem impossible? What do you do to keep going? I’d love to hear your story.

Check out some other great #IWSG posts by other great authors!

 

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