Did you ever travel on a long, dark road with nothing to guide you? No street lights, no road signs, no map, no GPS? Nothing but miles of road ahead of you? Maybe the road curved. Maybe it was straight. There could be rain, or a storm. Whatever the conditions, some things remain constant: The night is dark, the road is long, and you don’t know where you’re headed or where you’ll end up.
That’s kind of where I am now. A heavy sadness and feelings of lethargy have overtaken me.
I’m not enthused about much. I worry about my lack of writing but can’t seem to do anything to change that. Can anyone relate?
I suspect at some point I’ll return to normal, if I was ever normal in the first place, which I’m beginning to question.
My blog is not current. Feelings of guilt about not keeping it up creep into my mind. Alas, all I have at this time is an update on what’s going on with my writing.
I still have two stories out at Woman’s World. The mini-mystery was mailed on Oct. 15. Generally speaking, a long delay in hearing back from them is good news. It means the ms has gotten past the first reader, gone to the Fiction Editor, and maybe even to the Editor-in-Chief. So I wait. And wait. With bated breath I check the mailbox each day, only to find a handful of bills and advertisements. I wait another day.
I am taking an online class called Be Your Character’s Life Coach. The material is profound and challenging. It requires a lot of time, thought, and effort to complete the lessons. The premise of the class is to delve deep into your character’s soul to discover incidents, people, events, etc. that shaped and molded his/her personality. It is a good method to fully develop a character beyond the usual: name, age, appearance, family, likes and dislikes, etc. The lessons force the author to go much further than that. It’s heavy stuff. I’m having some problems, but I’m pushing through.
My novel has stalled, and until I complete the class, I’m letting it simmer for awhile. Maybe when I get a better grip on my characters I can move forward.
I have one lesson left on the Goal, Motivation, and Conflict class. Since the same novel is involved in both classes, I’m letting that last lesson wait for awhile, too.
In the meantime, I’m still traveling down that long, dark road.