I’m lost. I miss writing LIFE-LIKE. I knew the story and my characters so well. I knew where the story went, what needed to be done to make it better, and ultimately when it was time to begin querying agents. And now I’m home alone without it and it sucks.
I don’t know how my prolific friends do it or those authors who write a series. Tell me, please. How did you move on?
Before I was finished with LIFE-LIKE, I dreamed about the next story. I was excited thinking I had another story in me. I jotted down chapter titles, plot ideas and themes. But I can’t seem to move on them. The page is still empty. I can’t flush it out. Perhaps it’s anxiety from querying. I’m not sure. I have to catch fire again.
I know all sorts of tricks. I could sit and write for five minutes. I could pick a random sentence from a book and see what it inspires me to write. I could randomly choose three words from a book and see how I could weave them together in a ten minute writing exercise. I could read one of the six books I have stacked up on my to read list. But something is holding me back. I wish I had a writing partner, a friend to sit next to as I begin my first draft.
Hmm, maybe if I tell you a little about my idea? The next story involves a character from LIFE-LIKE. Her name is Mary and she’s a train wreck. She’s an alcoholic, party girl who makes many mistakes and yet she has a big heart, despite her bravado.
Anyway, any advice you can share about how you keep writing is appreciated.