My apologies for not keeping up with by responsibilities and keeping everyone up to date with my activities; there are times when things get so overwhelming one person simply can’t do it all.
I discussed Writers Block and how to overcome it at the Carlinville Writers Retreat on November 9. My block of time incorporated 45 minutes right after lunch. The good news is that everyone stayed awake, had lots of questions and comments. My time block was extended to an hour. The bad news was I recognized several self-made writer’s blocks I had been using to write a minimum for several weeks.
Granted, I have primary caregiver responsibilities that included transporting to multiple doctor appointments; caring for the house and all care required by a72 pound Basset Hound, an 88 year old mother in poor health and myself.
I recognize some rational logistical problems: I can’t stay up late at night to write because it wakes my mother. I am normally tied up with household responsibilities until early afternoon and must quit writing around 5 pm in order to cook. Sprinkled in the mix are doctor’s appointments which often requires 50 miles travel each way. Some months there are appointments every day and at times multiple appointments on the same day.
Needless to say, I work at home, which means I am open for multiple interruptions of thought and activities during my 4 hours of writing time. However, I do tend to get things done. There are days when I can sit down and knock out a first draft of a short story in a couple hours, or continue working on one of three novels I have been creating for quite a while. I must confess, it is not impossible to get work done. It simply requires organization and discipline.
In the evenings, I edit my work and try to make corrections on the computer the next day to help get me into a writing groove.
In addition, I am working on my second book of short stories. “Nightmares of a Mad Man” is currently on Kindle and is expanding to Smash Words and other E-book venues.
I have started a new book of dark short stories with a working title of “Dark Dreams”. It is not a sequel but the stories remain dark, with very few happy endings.
Anyway...despite the upcoming holidays, I shall strive to update everyone every two weeks.