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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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Writing as a Form of Personal Therapy

writing-1317009-640x480I think I’ve mentioned before that I have always loved making up and telling stories. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that it even occurred to me that I should write them down (which is odd since I read tons of books). I believe it’s because I didn’t do well in English class that I believed I’d be a terrible writer as a result (so not true).

Side Note: In my experience, just because you don’t do well in English, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your fault. When I went to college, I had the highest grade in the class. Having a teacher that is passionate about what he’s teaching and can explain things so they’re easy to understand makes a huge difference.

When I started writing, I was amazed at how much it helped with my anxiety issues. The more I wrote, the calmer I felt. Eventually I realized a lot of it had to do with my overactive imagination. Getting stuff out of my head and onto paper quieted my mind.

Here’s the thing, though. Not everything in my head had to do with story ideas. My overactive imagination causes me to create problems where there aren’t any. Or if there is a problem, I tend to start dwelling on the worst possible outcomes. The more time I have to spend thinking, the worse it gets. So, what I do is, I put my characters in those positions (or similar ones) and see how they deal with them. Oddly, in most cases, I end up realizing that it’s not as bad as I believed it was or that there wasn’t a problem in the first place.

If I go too long without writing, the anxiety builds. I haven’t had time to write much lately because I’m still unpacking from our move and trying to keep the house clean on top of that, not to mention all the other stuff I have to do. So, I’ve been a little on edge and having trouble getting to sleep.

Today, I’m getting back into my regular writing schedule, so I’m hoping it will help. I’m going to be working on Shadow Stalker Part 4. So, we’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully, much better! 😀

Do you write for therapeutic purposes, or do you find writing helps you? Tell me about your experiences!

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Weekly Fantasy Fix: Decluttering: Nightmare or Amazing Motivator of Creativity?

Weekly Fantasy Fix

 

Hey there! It’s spring now in Australia, and it’s getting warmer by the day. I’m not ready for the hot weather yet, especially since we had such a mild winter (which usually means we’re in for a super hot summer).

Recently, I’ve been in full-on spring cleaning mode. I hate cleaning, but this house needs some major decluttering, and I’m trying hard to get it all done before the heat really sets in.

The only good thing about all the cleaning is for some reason I do some of my best thinking at those times. If I’m stuck on a part in my story, the answer seems to always come to me when I’m doing some kind of menial chore. So I’m keeping a notebook close to me at all times and writing down thing as they come to me.

What helps bring out your creativity?

Email me and tell me about it!

Oh and before I forget, I’m taking part in the Virtual FantasyCon event this year, and they’re holding an awards ceremony. I’m nominated for three different categories and I’d appreciate your votes!

Favorite Dark/Horror Book 2016 – Shadow Stalker by Renee Scattergood
Favorite Fantasy Series – Shadow Stalker by Renee Scattergood
Favorite Dark/Horror Author – Renee Scattergood

Thanks in advance and happy reading!

Also in this Issue:

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    • A Drop of Nightshade: And Assorted Short Stories By Kyle J Durrant
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  • Writer’s Edge: Publishing Tracks (Video)
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