Social media: the bane of anyone trying to accomplish anything. I walked away for a while and…still didn’t accomplish anything.
Well, perhaps I should clarify that. I didn’t accomplish my goal (a certain word count on my current work in progress). I felt that, by walking away from social media for a bit, I would free up my mind to write. Most of September, then, became social media free.
My Social Media Experiment
It became clear very quickly, however, that the problem didn’t reside in the distractions of Twitter. It was the story. At first, I blamed the story’s pacing. Therefore, most of the manuscript went into the “trash” folder, followed by a critical plot change and revisiting other plot points, and I tried again.
The stone wall I ran into earlier rose again and blocked my path.
Not long ago, I read James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel From the Middle. It focused on finding the moment in a character’s arc where they face themselves and come to a realization. Once you’ve found what that realization, you write from there. I couldn’t find my main character’s realization. I didn’t know what she really wanted.
So, I walked away from the manuscript. My focus turned toward reading, crocheting, housework, exercise, and reconnecting with my nonwriting life. Because I am a spiritual person, I also focused on that portion of my life. No social media allowed me to realign myself with my goals, my heart, and my spirit to get my feet under me after promoting Clara’s Return.
What Did I Gain?
My work-in-progress is the second book of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, of which Willows of Fate is the first. I discovered what my main character wanted. I also discovered that my drive to write the story, to really tell and live it, wasn’t there. Forcing myself to write it would only make it flat.
Robin McKinley once said that she writes what she’s given to write, given to her by her inner Story Council. I realized I was trying to work separate from my inner Council and it simply wasn’t working.
Secondly, I want to try something new. Something so different from what I usually write, I’ll have to do it under a pseudonym so that my readers won’t go into it expecting one thing and then getting another.
I’ve also gotten back into an exercise routine and I feel balanced once more. At the end of the day, this all means that people on the look out for book two of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series will have to wait a little while longer.
In Other News
I won’t be at the Indie Author Day event at Coker College. Scheduling conflicts led to the event’s cancellation.
On November 19, I will be at a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Florence, SC. If you’re in the area, please plan on coming! More information as it becomes available.
I also made the shortlist over at Literary Lightbox for their Indie Spotlight. I didn’t make the finalist round but, as they say, it’s an honor to be nominated.
I hope everyone has a good week!
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