For the love of all that’s good, why?

Y’all get a twofer today.

I don’t feel like writing. I don’t know why. I’m not having writer’s block; I can think of plenty of things I want my characters to do or say. I pretty much know what direction I want my story to go. Yet, for some reason, I really can’t seem to put words down on the paper (or tap letters on the keyboard). Therefore, I started typing this to see if I can flush out what’s holding me back from stringing together some words that will develop into subsequent paragraphs, pages, and chapters:

Pressure/Fear. Do I feel pressure that my sequel needs to match, if not surpass the quality of Twisted? Am I fearful that the few precious readers who bought and enjoyed my story will be disappointed in the follow up? Hmm. Those sentiments probably hinder the progression of my manuscript. A part of me thinks, that shouldn’t prevent you from writing. Just tell the story you want to tell. As long as you enjoy it, others will too. Ok. I think that’s true, however, if I want to do this for a living, having readers is obviously critical. So, of course I want my story to be good, regardless to how subjective “good” is. From this perspective, being a writer is analogous to an athlete not being able to preform under pressure. When the pressure is on, some athletes cave, yet others soldier through, effectively separating the good from the great. Damn. How does Serena Williams do it day in and day out?

Distractions/Procrastination. Why am I avoiding finishing the first draft of my sequel? Perhaps it’s because I’m finding convenient distractions everywhere I look. “Oh look, someone on G+ commented or posted something that sounds interesting. Better check it out.” Or, “someone chatted me up on Twitter, better respond instead of working on this story.” If it’s not social media diverting my attention, it’s something else. Time to work out. Should I venture outside, or stay indoors? It’s a good time to wash my hair. Did Djokovic really get pushed to a fourth set? He’s been damn near outstanding all year. Anything but focusing on what I need to focus on.

I frequently chatted with someone on Twitter. One day, he disappeared. Poof. Not a peep from him. When he finally reappeared, I asked him where he’d been. He replied that he took a break from social media to really hammer out his writing projects. Maybe I should take a page from his book and unplug until I get this first draft finished.

Not in the mood/zero motivation. Perhaps I’m in an extended period of just not wanting to write? It wouldn’t be the first time. I abandoned Twisted for a period of time before picking it back up (I think it was about a year). I don’t think this is uncommon for writers. We go through writing moods, or rather phases. Sometimes I can go on a tear and succinctly write what I’m thinking. Words and scenes pour out of me effortlessly. Other times (like now), I’m like a tennis player whose serve has abandoned her in the last game of the final set. I can’t get anything done and nothing hits the paper. Maybe I’m just in one of those slumps where I’m not feeling the story at the moment, AT ALL. If this is the case, I’m really hoping my mojo returns quickly.

Anyway, I’m sure my inability to barely craft a f*cking sentence stems from a combination of all three of these theories. Anybody have any suggestions on how to overcome pressure, reject distractions, and/or get motivated? Let me know here, or find me on social media.

Meet Angela J. Ford

Angela and her debut novel

Angela and her debut novel

As promised, here is the kickoff to the new section on the blog dedicated to cool people that I’ve come across on social media. Please meet Angela J. Ford, author of The Five Warriors. Today is her birthday! 🙂 I first met Angela on Google+ in one of the writer communities. Now, she’s one of my favorite positive, motivating peeps on social media. Get to know a little bit more about her and her book below:

Question 1: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Answer 1: It just happened! Growing up with four sisters we were always telling stories with our toys, reading books and making up all kinds of entertaining tales. Then one day instead of saying those stories out loud, I started writing them down, and short stories turned into novels, and novels turned into a series. When I was 12 I finished the first draft of “The Five Warriors” and after that, the books continued to pour out of me. I knew wanted to publish them, it was just a matter of when. 14 years later, now it’s finally happening!

Q2: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk (if any)?

A2: One of my quirks is always writing the end of the book first, then all the action scenes and finally, I get down to chronological order once I have most of the book written. It makes it a lot of fun because I’m generally writing the parts I’m super excited about, and it comes together like a puzzle.

Q3: What do you think makes a good story?

A3: Of course, everyone has their interpretation of what makes a good story but I enjoy unexpected plot twists, characters that make me think, and well written prose. I enjoy the way words blend together like music.

Q4: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A4: Live life, enjoy the moments, take risks, and go on your own adventure. At the end you don’t want to look back with regrets.

Q5: Do you have a specific writing style (e.g. outline vs. free flow)?

A5: My style is certainly free flow and unrestricted. I always have the general plot in mind but unexpected scenes are always popping up and those are woven into the story.

Q6: Did you learn anything from writing your book, if so, what was it?

A6: Practice, practice, practice, the more you write the better you become. I know I’m not the best writer, my grammar gets away from me, and sometimes I don’t dig deep enough into my characters. But practice makes perfect, so I’m going to keep doing it, whether I write for 10 minutes a day or 10 hours.

Q7: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from your most recent book?

A7: Oh, this is a hard question. One of my main characters is Alaireia the Lightfoot, I can see Zoe Saldana playing her role.

Q8: Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

A8: The Four World Series will be complete and I’ll be writing the further adventures of various characters, digging into their life and times in the Four Worlds. Hopefully by that time some of my books will be out as movies or television series!

Thanks Angela for taking the time to participate in the interview! I hope you have a great birthday! I’ve linked Angela’s book to Amazon above in the intro. Check it out! Also, you can follow Angela on social media:

Google+: Angela J. Ford

Twitter: @aford21

Instagram: aford21

New Section Coming Soon


Hello readers (hopefully you’re still there)!

It’s almost been a week since I’ve posted anything. I apologize. I’ve been busy plugging away at the sequel to Twisted and blabbing with cool peeps on social media. In the midst of doing all that, I decided to start a new section on the blog geared toward interviewing interesting people that I’ve met on various social media platforms. I’ll probably post these interviews either weekly or biweekly depending on schedules and what not starting next week (fingers crossed). In the interim, I’ll try to come up with some random things to chat about so that I don’t stay ghost for too long.

Stay tuned…