As writers we are expected to love our craft. If I go around saying "I'm a writer" (which I don't) people would probably respond with different versions of "what is it like doing something you love for a job?" Well, not all puppy dogs and rainbows, let me tell you. There are days I just cannot get excited about writing. Sometimes this feeling or drudgery last days, weeks, even months. I've just gotten off one of those months long downers. I wasn't excited about anything I was writing and I just didn't want to write. Yesterday I was talking with my husband about money and I was feeling a little bad that I wasn't contributing financially. He told me if I was feeling guilty then I should start seriously trying to get published. I was a little shocked. Getting published? That's a pipe dream. But really, If I'm not trying then it's never going to happen. Publishing deals do not fall into people's laps.
Our conversation went on about how I thought the novel I had finished isn't good enough and I didn't want to try to submit it. He asked about my other writing, what I was working on currently, and if I was liking any of that. I had to admit, out loud, that I did not. I wasn't excited about my writing and therefore I was not feeling motivated to do anything about it.
As we talked I began to think about a Sci-Fi story I had started a few years ago for NaNoWriMo and had stopped writing when I had fallen woefully behind. I had been excited about that story so why had I stopped writing it? I pulled up the file and showed it to Kyle. He was honest, that it needed work but he was loving the idea and where I could take it. Today I sat down to look at the grand total of 14 pages I had already written and I felt a rush! I became excited about writing again!
So, today I have decided a couple of things:
- I'm putting Leaving You on the back burner for now.
- I'm going to continue with this, as of yet unnamed, novel that I started two years ago.
- I am going to start looking for a literary agent for my Romance novel, Heart Like the Ocean.
Are you feeling excited about your writing or are you in one of those downer stages? Maybe take a look at some of your old ideas or unfinished projects. Maybe something will leap out at you and get you excited again. I have a folder on my computer especially for files on brain storming and unfinished stories and it's a good place to start when nothing you write is getting you excited.
Normally I try and post on Wednesdays and Fridays but since I've made a post yesterday and today that will be it for this week.