For the past two years, I have hit a block in my writing. I hesitate to call it “writer’s block,” because that means something else to me. It is more like a complete lack of inspiration.
I think my problem is that I have finished a novel that I want to publish and I’ve been spending a lot of time teaching myself what I need to know about traditional publishing. I also feel like if I start another novel that I’m giving up on the one I have completed. However, I know that I have to get over all of that and put the pen to paper (or fingers to keys more like!), so I bought myself a little motivational treat that I thought I would share with you.
Alan Watt’s The 90 Day Novel first gained my attention a few Christmases ago when I asked my friends and family to buy me books on the craft of writing. This book was on the list, but it wasn’t very high, because, at that time, I was in the middle of another novel, and I felt like I wouldn’t actually use Watt’s book for some time.
Now, I feel like I could really use it. I bought it from Amazon.com and started reading it as soon as it came in. So far, it has helped me tremendously. I’ve been brainstorming tons each day and I cannot wait to get into my next novel. One cool thing that Watt’s book does is postpone the actual writing of the rough draft. This gives the writer plenty of time to play with ideas. So often I get ahead of myself and delve right into a novel without knowing very much. I will end up with five or more versions of Chapter 1 before I step back and actually do the brainstorming needed.
I am on Day 3 and I’m having a great time. His letters to the writer are brief, encouraging, and informative. I’m learning tons about the writing process and about how important it is to fully brainstorm and play. I’ve missed playing! I think once I started taking writing classes that I stopped writing because I was learning structure and how to use literary devices and where the commas go, etc. I stopped playing with my words, which is so very essential to writing! Don’t get me wrong. I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to learn about something I’m passionate about. I just feel like I’ve taken the structural and technical parts to heart and have left little room for the fun and artsy aspects, which are just as important (if not more important!).
I hope you will check out Watt’s book!