Sunday, January 24, 2010

Another book...another release day...another nervous breakdown...

I am working hard on a sequel to Hallie's Cats...

But I got stuck, and had to back track. Dang it! Ever had the happen? Thought you had the perfect angle...the right conversation...then blam! Nothing works? Sheesh!

So I erased five pages and started the chapter over again...and this time it was rolling perfectly. Oy Vey! Another glitch! Gotta re-read again. Stop rushing. Slow down and B-R-E-A-T-H-E!

Aaaah. Much better. Now if I could only figure out why that damn chapter seems so weird...

Pray for me, dear friends...send me blessings and vibes and all that great stuff (Please send Godiva) and remind me that it's all just a box of never know what you're gonna get until you take a bite.

How do YOU handle these little glitches that pop up whenever things are rolling smoothly along?




  1. Sending you good vibes and ((hugs)). I don't know, Fran, I've run into this and at various times different things work. Change the music I listen to, work on another wip--I wish I knew one thing that worked ALL the time, damn it! I'd put it up for sale, lol.

  2. Vibes and hugs from me too, sweetie;-) Those glitches are the pits but everytime I delete something for good I've wished to have piece of it back. I always run a file for deleted scenes just in case!

    One thing I do is sit down and do a who, what, why and why not list to find out why something isn't working and go from there to find out what's not working and the big question, why. It's kind of a journal/stream of consciousness thing about whatever is not working in the story.

    Good luck with that glitch and your quest for Godiva chocolate, yum;-)

  3. I switch WIPs, start a new WIP or get moving. I think better when I'm walking and clearing my mind.
    I hope the glitches smooth out. May heavenly Godiva chocolate and divine inspiration rain down upon you! lol
    XXOO Kat

  4. Hi Franny,

    Just hang in there, love. I tell you, sometimes that stuff happens and you just have to keep at it. That's my best advice. I've been dealing with this for nearly a year, I suppose. Not running into road blocks, but things that block writing like a brick wall.

    Keep on keeping on.

    Hugs and much love, oh, and cyber-Godiva to you.

  5. I wish I knew the answer to this universal question, Fran. I've hit a really hard wall and can't get over it, under it, or go around it. Guess I'll have to wait for it to vanish on its own. I feel for you, babe!

  6. Running...the cure all to every mind block. A clear day, forest path, smell of burning logs in the air, my dog dragging me along... you get the picture. I must write my books a hundred times over while running. Now I don't always remember what I thought about, but it gets the process going again.

    My other cure all is to just tell myself... get it down on "paper". Yup, I'll just force myself to write—something, anything—realizing I can change it later if I have to. And I usually find it's not too far off once I go back. That's the beauty of a computer. You can write it down and change it later. Just keep'll probably find a couple of chapters later you figure the whole thing out and can dart back and fix it.

    Though chocolate never hurt!

  7. This crap happens to me all the time. Actually, it happens to most of us. Sometimes if a scene isn't working, I'll simply switch POV's and that does the trick.

  8. OMG Fran...look at all the people that love you!! Your gonna do great! No doubting yourself. You rock as an author and I praise you to everybody I meet. Live the dream lady and if all else fails get a glass of wine sit back and just let go.


  9. Mostly I work on something else. If that doesn't help, I crochet...


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