Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG: Creature of Habit: The Difference Between Hitting the Wall or Writing Yourself Into a Corner
It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

If you're reading this, chances are we've survived another Halloween. Not just the new movie, either. Now with candy aside, a new month is here and so is NaNoWriMo. Good luck to everyone participating!

I wish I could say I had a super productive writing month. I caught a real world snag that slowed me down. Not that October was a total bust. I started the first chapter of something new and some editing. All the while I got caught in the tug of war of "should I keep writing or go back and polish what I've done"? Even at the start, I've been an edit as you go writer, so drafting some 20K words without looking back is especially rare for me. I usually draft a couple thousand than go through it a few times. It makes writing first drafts a bit slow but it almost always makes revisions easier. In the end, I'd rather review than write myself into a corner. No one likes being in the corner!

This basically means my intended plan to complete a new zombie draft by the end of the year may bleed into the new year by a month or two, and I would rather do that than push a book with holes and shotty development. Then I got to thinking, if by going with this approach, had I not only written myself into a corner, but hit the wall in the process? There is a difference between the two: writing into a corner is like pushing and pushing until you're stuck, whereas hitting the wall is frustration at the process to the point of hating to write. Even yourself. Lately I've questioned why I'm doing this, or if I'm in the right market. Why mentally strain myself when I could be living?

Every time, I come back to "because it's part of who you are", and by extension, "putting words down contributes to your life's meaning".

Deep stuff. And you know, I can live with that. So when I find myself writing into a corner, I have to step back and regroup. This usually gives me the insight I need to finally push through that wall. So November will be a Revision Month to get myself back on track.

Ever written yourself into a corner? Ever slammed into that wall? How did you back out of the corner? How did you break the wall?

I'm David, and these mountains look better with snow ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Sale Now! Discounted Books Perfect For Halloween Reading and IWSG: Flowing Words and Genealogy!
With Halloween coming up is a few weeks, I like to read and watch stories of ghosts, icky zombies and other chilling tales of a Twilight Zone nature. If you're reading this, you're in luck! Not only are my books discounted on Amazon, but so is Full Dark: An Anthology. It's the first year since this title released, and it's provided a lot of good since all the proceeds go to veterans and first responders. All this month, you can catch these really sweet deals:

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

100% of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
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Also releasing this week is a new powerhouse of a novel by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown called Squint, the story of a young boy who is trying to finish his comic before having a corneal transplant. From the same team who gave us Mustaches for Maddie, this novel places kids in tough situations in a way that is very real and touching.

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If you're here for Insecure Writer's Support Group, here's my post:

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

Ushering in October is a breath of fresh air. It's my favorite month for a number of reasons, and so far it's been good to me. I may have presented myself as something of a downer in my last post, but I am grateful. After such a long absence, I could be real and be received well. I thank you for your understanding through this transition.

While I continue to manage my anxiety and depression, it hasn't been a headache to do so this month. And I'm happily reporting some 10K words clocked for September! That may not be a lot considering 10K is a couple days work for some, but that's a huge step in comparison to months of 0K words. Should the next couple months yield the same results, I should have a working draft of My Zombie Summer: Part 2 finished well before Christmas. Get excited! It's coming!

Finally, I had the privilege to attend a gathering of distant relatives who share a common ancestry with a fellow named Edmund Rice, who was a colonist of what would be the United States of America. I thank my father for discovering this association. It was a blast to connect with people from the past and catch a glimpse of where I came from.

That's all for now. See you again next month, if not sooner!

What gets you excited about the month of October? Got any creepy plans this month? What have you learned about your ancestors?

I'm David, and I'm taking my writing to the next level ...