Monday, June 13, 2016

Writing Updates: Validations and Ideas



It's been a month since I've blogged! What is wrong with me?? I used to blog way more than this! Trust me, I'm going to rectify that. With that said, let's talk about my writing!

I'm taking my time on the 2nd round of revisions for @PIMPBOOKMAMA. Why?? Because, quite frankly, I've read it about 6 times and don't want to NOT love my story. Sometimes I get a lot done, and sometimes I ignore it for a week...or two.

I used to think I was a total slacker for this. But, then I listened to my friend, Evelyn Skye's, podcast on 88 Cups of Tea, where she did the exact same thing. For someone who wrote such a standout book, The Crown's Game, I finally felt validated I'm not doing anything more wrong or right than the next writer. Which is fantastic! (of course I had to tell Evelyn right away how empowering that made me feel)

I don't NEED/HAVE to feel terrible for allowing myself to ignore my own story!

The other side of it was thinking I had only one more book left in me that played to my strengths. Of course I have many ideas, but I don't think they're something I should write. That bothered me a lot. One more story? Is that really it? Then what? Give up and no longer write?

Miraculously, over a week ago, BOOM. Two storylines fireworked in my head. One speaks stronger than the other, but all will be written. And that makes me SUPER EXCITED! Sometimes, I think about the plots, grinning wider and wider. But I remind myself, finish this one first. Stay on task, write it later.

~~{{LIST FOR THE WEEK}}~~ 

Movies watched: Aloha (it's my fallback fav), Angry Birds (funny!), Zootopia (fell asleep)
Book started: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner (love her)
Book recently finished: Riding on the Edge by John Hall (Pagan motorcycle shenanigans **stars)
Book still reading: Such a Secret Place by Cortney Pearson (great book so far, 1/2 way done!)
New thing done: kite flying with the kids (so relaxing, yet so fun!)
Seasonal task: strawberry picking at a farm with the family (so juicy!)
Can't wait for: revising 2 prepped chapters this week!! (fresh eyes are the best eyes)

Questions to the Readers:
1. How long have you gone not working on a story (or other project)?
2. Has something someone said given you much needed validation on it?
3. Please share!!!
 
 
 

32 comments:

Heather R. Holden said...

Even though I make sure to work on my art/comics every single day, it's not always the project I need to work on. So, I know what it's like to avoid something for a week at a time! It's simply what some people have to do to creatively recharge, I think...

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're back to blogging. And sometimes taking revisions slower can make them better. So good for you for trusting yourself. Awesome you are friends with Evelyn. Her book sounds awesome.

I'm not writing creatively right now because of all the writing I do daily for my job as a freelance writer and my blog. But I'm okay with it for now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good to hear from you, Tammy!
I thought I only had one book in me. I had several more. Glad you've discovered that you have more as well.
Sorry you fell asleep during Zootopia. We watched it again this weekend and loved it.

S.P. Bowers said...

I always worry that I don't have any more books in me. So far I've been wrong but I can see that always being a worry, no matter how successful I may become.

I let my MS sit for weeks at a time. Sometimes distance is just what you need.

JoJo said...

Great to see you back Tammy! I've never written a book though, but I do make a lot of crafts. I wish I could read more but it puts me right out in bed so I only do a couple pages a night.

Bish Denham said...

I've missed you're smiling face! I'm happy that your muse has given you TWO new ideas!

We each work at our own pace, in our own way. I've been known to go weeks and weeks, months, even YEARS, without writing a thing. I used to feel guilty, but not any more. Despite being a somewhat erratic writer I've got lots to work with!

Pat Hatt said...

My issue is I have too many in me. I know, such a bad thing huh? lol

I went months leaving one alone before I went back and edited it, mainly because I already had some scheduled and didn't want to overdo it.

Yolanda Renée said...

I left one book alone for almost a year, Memories of Murder. It was a harsh time and in the end the book became more horror than mystery. It is what it is!

Christine Rains said...

I've left one story alone for five years, and then faltered with it again. Now I think I have the fix for it, but it will have to wait probably until 2018 until I have time to get back to it! =P Kite flying is so relaxing. My little guy has an Angry Birds kite and he likes it when I divebomb him with it!

The Silver Fox said...

I've dropped some projects for years! Ten, twenty, even thirty. If I never got another idea in my life, but finished all my old ones, I'd really be going somewhere.

Good to see you back, btw.

Chrys Fey said...

I had re-read one of my books so often that I did start to fall out of love with it. Taking your time and taking breaks is the right thing to do.

I am thrilled you have two more book ideas. I really did enjoy @PIMPBOOKMAMA and I hope everything is going okay with that. I probably did more editing than you wanted from a beta (Sorry about that!), but it was good and I can't wait to buy it when the time comes. :)

Elephant's Child said...

I am so glad that 'some' of the other books in you are bringing themselves forward.
I am not a writer, but projects do sometimes lie fallow for a while. Ripening. Hopefully not rotting.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Hooray for those shinny ideas sneaking up on you. :) I've gone a really long time working on projects before. *gasp*

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay for new ideas and even for taking breaks away from ones that just don't click yet. Someday it will blaze and be what you where you want it to be. And holy bananas, I'm so excited you're reading mine right now!! Thank you! Hugs, lady!! Love ya!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I keep seeing Aloha on Netflix, so I might have to watch it at some point - not yet, though, the rest of my month is taken up with football (soccer) on the telly - 3 games a day this week, gotta love the Euros!

Longest time away from a story has been about 10 years, for the novel I'm reworking at the moment. I'm completely changing the original story, so it's almost a new book.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

What a comforting feeling it is to find a writer you admire has gone through a similar writing angst as you. <3 I've been there.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I let the manuscript for "Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade" sit in a box on a closet shelf for more than a decade before I pulled it back out again. It was originally written on an Apple IIE, so in order to get back to it, I had to scan each printed page into my PC, one by one. Took me a few years of rewriting and editing to get it ready for publication, so yeah... I sometimes write with the speed of a sloth on antidepressants. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've gone months. That's the wonderful thing about socializing with other writers. You learn that you're not weird or whacko. You're part of the family of writers. I don't think you ever stop needing validation. Especially during the query process. It can be so debilitating. Happy writing, Tammy. And thanks for stopping by my blog. Your support means a lot.

Cherie Reich said...

I usually won't take much time away from a project I'm actively writing, but edits are a whole different story. I still have first drafts that are waiting to be edited from several years ago. I sometimes go months between edits too. I find the distance helps me see the project with fresh eyes.

Jemi Fraser said...

After I finish with a round of revisions, I tend to put it aside and work on another round of revisions for a different story. Then I go back. Sometimes it's months before I see it again :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's okay to set it aside and ignore it a bit. Especially when fresh strawberries are calling.

Romance Book Haven said...

You do have to fill the creative well by setting it aside for a bit.

Tammy Theriault said...

Thanks everyone for your super awesome validations!!! You're filling me with love

Crystal Collier said...

It took a while for me to feel the love on these edits I've been doing. I forced myself through them at first. Going back and reading over everything, I can see where I forced myself and where the story naturally took on its own momentum. I've had to force my way through because of deadlines before, but it is best to write when your mind is ready to write. Sometimes life demands a little more of our attention methinks.

Mark Noce said...

I think it's all about knowing yourself...if you're the kind of person who needs to write every day you can do that, and if you know you can go longer periods of time without it, then do that:)

Romance Reader said...

Wow! Awesome for the two story coming to you simultaneously!

cleemckenzie said...

Hi Tammy. Great to see you here, but I really know how breaks are essential.

I've left stories for years. They're always there when I need them, but sometimes I need to see them from a fresh perspective. I often find new ways to deepen or expand or alter a story when I step away from it for a least a few weeks.

Didn't like Zootopia, heh? Haven't seen it, but people keep telling me I must. Maybe not.

Stephanie Faris said...

I remember Stephen King saying that by the time one of his books comes out, he's sick of it, he's read it so many times. I can totally relate...although usually my revisions are spread out enough that I forget about it by the time I go through it again!

Medeia Sharif said...

If I'm not writing, I'll do something book-related like outlining or researching just to get that slacker feel out of me. There are times when I'm not doing any real writing for a while. I find revisions and edits hard since I'm looking at the same thing over and over again. I'll switch to another project just to get things done and then return to the other one that's making my eyes hurt.

M said...

1. Hahahaha! Um . . . I finished my thesis in 2001 and have been thinking of going back to revise it. And I've had readers emailing for a sequel to The K-Pro, which I started writing some three years ago, I think, and need to go back and finish.

2/3. Having readers ask for a sequel feels validating! Meeting another writer who struggles with the first draft as much as I do, too, was helpful. I felt like so many writers sail through their first drafts, and mine take forever. Now I know it's not just me, I'm not "doing it wrong." I'm not the most productive or prolific writer, but my process is no less valid than others'. While of course I always understood that logically, it was nice to have it confirmed in a concrete way.

Tammy Theriault said...

thank you everyone for stopping by! words of wisdom from all of you!

Nas said...

All the best Tammy! You have come far.