Writer’s Curse

Writing is my albatross. I want to write. I really do, but I just can’t take the time to do what I love. I feel like I’m starving and need water and writing will replenish me, but I’m cursed.

I was in the writing spirit, but when my dad passed away in a car accident, my water and food ran dry. Finally, I am writing another post on this blog after walking away from this for so long. It’s been so hard finding time to write anything because the accident also put my mother in intensive care for a long time. I’ve been helping my mother recover and getting my father’s estate in order.

Life has been hard to deal with lately. I enjoy the work because it helps distract me, but I’m running out of work. I wish I could edit my thoughts away.  Editing comes natural to me, but writing is something that I love, but never seem to finish. I’m cursed to never finish my own works completely.

So, does anyone know how to get rid of this albatross?

I use to teach British Lit. to Seniors and “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” was one of my favorite pieces by Samuel Coolidge. For the life of me, I can’t remember the end. How does the mariner get rid of his albatross? Does he ever? It’s been over ten years since I taught. Can anyone answer this please?

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Time for the “Gib Slap”

NaNoWriMo was last month, and I wrote 10,000 words instead of 50,000 words.


My biggest flaw–the editor in me! Yes, I said it. My perfectionism caused me to go back and correct or change the plot. I may have OCD, I’m not sure. My characters are not pleased, and neither is my writer’s group. They are waiting for my next chapter, and all I want to do is fix.

I think a part of me is scared. I find it is so much more exciting reading and editing someone else’s creation than to write my own jumbled plot. However, when I’m in the groove, I love the rush. Do you know what I’m talking about?

My husband says that I can do this by taking one bite of the elephant at a time. Well, I hope the elephant doesn’t turn around and sit on me. Do I deserve to get crushed?

No. I need to sit up, roll up my sleeves, and not accept failure. I need to eat that elephant. Each bite will allow me to get stronger and want to finish.

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Thanks for the pep talk. I needed that.

I actually think no one is going to read this, so might as well talk a little crazy. Comment if you are–crazy or reading this.




So, who’s writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November? I’m working on it! I’ve started plotting a fantasy thriller series, and I’m writing book 1 now.  So far I’m lagging behind. Okay. I’m way behind, but this is my first time doing NaNoWriMo and discovering that I’m so not prepared for this.

How do you do it? My editor in me keeps going back to correct, and I know that is a huge no no in NaNoWriMo. Don’t go back. Keep going. Full speed ahead.

Breathe. Okay. Well, It’s November 7th and I should have 1,667 words written a day. I currently have 5,497 words, but I should have 11,669 words finished by the end of the day today. Yikes.

So I’m behind. Will I make it through this month? Maybe not, but I will try and do what I can.

Wish me luck!



Plotter or Pantser?

Snowflake MethodSome people spend time plotting their novels before they write. Others write their novels by the seat of their pants; they go with the flow. What type of writer are you?

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson asks and answers that question. Ingermanson does a great job of showing the writing process, while teaching the reader exactly what they need to know to learn how to follow the Snowflake Method. The fast read intrigues you without sounding like an instructional manual.

If you struggle deciding whether you are one or the other, consider reading about the Snowflake Method.