Butt In Chair

Checking Inn’s blog tour is over *sob*.  Oh what to do with myself now?

I guess writing and editing might be a good idea!  I am in the process of working with my editor right now on my third book which is due out at the end of June.  It’s funny because I always think of my books as my second set of children.  And although they don’t make quite as much mess as my two little rascals, and they don’t have those goo-goo eyes that make me melt in my boots, there are a lot of similarities between the two.  Every child is different, just like every book is different (and I’m not just talking about plot/covers).  When I was writing White Lies I took my time, I wrote over the course of a year and just picked it up when I felt the “inspiration”.  With Checking Inn I whipped through the writing process, editing process and even cover design (well, the cover took me about two weeks to pick but for me this is lightning speed!) because the inspiration never left.  It was almost like the book was just waiting in my fingertips and all I had to do was drum on my keyboard to let it flow out.  My third book is kicking my butt.  Maybe because I have the distraction of my other two novels or maybe I just need to get outside (it has been a beyond cold Canadian winter and I’m at my wits end with it!).  Either way, I am dragging my feet a little with this novel, which is very unlike me.  I pride myself in being a little over achiever.  It’s who I am.  Sometimes I put little gold stars on my chapters after they’ve been edited and polished.  It’s my secret shame.

I don’t believe in writer’s block though.  I believe sometimes you will write stuff that’s not exactly great… alright some stuff I write and after I read it back I think “what was I talking about?”.  But the point is, if you wait for something to happen to you, you will be waiting a long time.  So, I sit my butt in the chair and get the job done.  And sometimes I even surprise myself with a “Hey, that’s not half bad!” on one of those off days.  So today I have made a pact with myself, and I guess you now because you will know if I renege on this 😉 that I will sit my butt in the chair and get through these corrections for book three.  I’ll have to build myself up to the cover though as we all know picking a cover sends me right over the edge!

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