Stuck…but determined to move forward

Ever since I left my teaching job, the words have been flying as fast as I could type them. I had a plan, clear goals and was zooming toward them. And then, two weeks ago, I just got stuck. And I couldn’t seem to get unstuck.

It was partly the dose of reality that hit me. I realized that I couldn’t afford to publish books at the rate I wanted to. Could I write at that pace? Sure. Could I publish that many books without going broke? Uh, no.

That led to a lot of thinking and rethinking about my path. At the present, I think I’m going to aim for a hybrid path, submitting some of my books to publishers while self-publishing my short stories.

So last night I became determined to write something—anything. Just open a Word document and type a few words. As I was drifting off to sleep, a story idea came to me. So this afternoon I wrote—a little. I wrote a whopping 429 words in a middle-grade novel. Will I ever finish it? Who knows? But it got me unstuck and moving forward. My next goal is to revise Spellfire’s Kiss and get it ready for submission. So in the coming weeks I want to move forward with that.

My ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Wrote 429 words in a middle-grade story about triplets who find out they’re witches. A little cliché, I know, but after two weeks of no writing, I’ll take it and see where it goes. I’ve also been doing a lot of business things for writing: getting a PO Box, creating a new checking account for royalties and expenses, creating a spreadsheet to track the same, buying ISBNs, etc. I have a plan in place for the rest of the year. Now I just have to act on it.

Reading: Finished The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee last night and really enjoyed it. If you like fantasy with a mystery thrown in, I highly recommend this one.

Other goals: I haven’t gotten into an exercise regimen yet. I want to add some yoga and long walks to my daily routine. I did manage to paint the downstairs hallway, so hometending is coming along. I’m also trying to utilize other creative outlets as well. I’ve added some scrapbooking supplies to my Amazon cart for my next order, and last night I baked a loaf of banana bread that turned out well (I think the sour cream the recipe called for helped the bread stay nice and moist).

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What about you? How do you get unstuck creatively? Have you read any good books lately?

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6 thoughts on “Stuck…but determined to move forward

  1. I try not to get stuck in the first place. I know that sounds cavalier, but it really isn’t. I make sure I have a wide variety of goals from all areas of my life. Essentially, if I’m doing something – anything – it generally feeds a creative goal in some way.

    So i can be stuck on one thing, and do lots of moving forward in other areas. Sometimes they tend toward the practical and administrative. That’s OK, because it sets the stage for the more creative times to come.

    It sounds like you did a lot of prepping, and took some time to absorb the newly-realized circumstances.

    Sometimes, it’s all in the way you see it. =D

    1. That’s a good way of looking at it. I find I’m a naturally creative person, so if I’m not writing, I tend to be doing something that fills the well, as I call it. I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes lately, for example. So that’s something. Thanks, Shan Jeniah!

  2. Self-publishing can be expensive. That’s one reason my novel is on hold. I’m glad you are unstuck, keep the words flowing. Have a good week. Oh, I bought a Zumba vidoe hoping it would help get me moving. It’s still in the box. I’m blaming the hot weahter.

  3. Being stuck is hard on the soul… I’m glad that you found your way out of the chasm and are now moving forward again.

    It’s amazing how expensive it is to publish one’s own books… Just the maintenance of a website is more than I imagined it would be. Crossing my fingers for your hybrid path

  4. Hi Denise! I hear ya girl. Stuck is not a nice place to be. I’ve been stuck for a few weeks now and I don’t know when I will be unstuck. I only have so much energy to disperse. I was plugging away at my second MS and two thirds through, I was side-railed. I am starting a new business. I have to. Long story. But there’s a lot of work involved and not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. And that includes writing. Then of course, the cost involved with our writing pursuits can be costly. I’ve let my first MS sit because I cannot afford the cost of an editor as yet. So I thought I’d let it simmer while I wrote on the other. Then this happens. But I have to think of it as temporary. So then, don’t feel discouraged. Even if you only wrote 429 words. That’s 429 words you didn’t have previously and the start of what could be a wonderful idea for a new start. We all need to make adjustments. It’s just a part of life. So keep at it girl! It will happen when it’s supposed to happen. No worries!!! ((Hugs)) 🙂

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