Sunday, September 03, 2006

Slogging Through

I have set a self-imposed deadline of Halloween to finish my current book, "CrossTalk". I have a request for the full from Next, so I am motivated to keep plugging. But somewhere just past the midpoint of every book, the joy of the "new story" wears off and it becomes a bit of a slog.

The only cure I've found for what is not "writer's block", but more like "writer's disenchantment" or "writer's fatigue" is to log butt in chair time. Preferably without teenaged children or their cute-but-slightly-obnoxious bears bothering me. Yes, the bear thinks she can type and keeps attacking my keyboard. You may think my teenager is behind this, but I believe it's the bear (code name "Rainbow"). The bear has just put her tiny panties on her head in a bid for attention. I'm not kidding.

So, bears and teenagers aside (the bear now claims to be "Underwear Girl"), it is hard to stay in the chair and be productive. You know, as opposed to playing Chuzzle or downloading music from iTunes. But, I'm trying to persevere and get some pages in. I need 3 a day to stay on track, so I may be up late tonight. At least there is no work tomorrow because it is Labor Day. Hoorah!

Enjoy your holiday and feel a bit sorry for those of us whose evil second jobs (jobs of the heart) force us to work on national holidays. I must go get the panties off the bear's head and try to clear the room so I can write. Something besides a blog, that is.

Am I the only one with bear problems?


At 1:57 PM , Blogger Sonja said...

I don't have bear problems but I DEFINITELY slog through the last parts of my books. The only solution I've found so far is to write fast before the enchantment wears off. Which works well in theory, but notsomuch when I don't have 5 hours a day to devote to cranking out the pages furiously while I still love everything about my story.

At 12:32 PM , Blogger Sabrina Jeffries said...

You are almost certainly the only one with bear problems. But as Sonja said, the other problem is definitely not unique to you. Hang in there! I can tell from the excerpt that the book is going to be a winner, so log that butt in chair time, girl! I'm waiting to celebrate your first sale!!


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