Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

I’ve been in edit-mode recently. So much so, getting back into writing has been difficult. Compounding problems? I was working on song lyrics for my WIP. And I am not a songwriter. Sure, I can come up with clever parodies (look out, Weird Al!), but starting from scratch, especially when I don’t have a melody? It wasn’t pretty.

Truth be told, it was crippling. Nothing like attempting something you suck at to totally derail you.

So, I did projects that didn’t need doing. I wrote blog posts that could have waited. My anxiety grew because I have deadlines looming and I was putting off writing.

And that’s where this week’s quote, by Jodi Picoult, came into play.

You can’t edit a blank page.

Wise words. My procrastination wasn’t getting me anywhere. It was only making things worse.

I happen to be pretty lucky, as far as writers go.

  • Medical questions? My nephew (in law) is a surgeon.
  • Military questions? I have several family members to ask.
  • Legal questions? My sister (in law) is an attorney.
  • Police questions? My cousin’s a cop.
  • A mechanical question? My nephew (in law) is an aeronautical engineer.

* Parentheses used because I think of them as family, not as family-through-marriage.

And how’s this for fortuitous? I needed song lyrics and happen to have two friends who write music (formerly in Nashville) who were happy to lend me a hand. I’m actually going to have original music to include in my work!

So, yeah, it took me a while to get past my mental block, but a few wonderful things happened in the process.

  • I checked a bunch of stuff off my to-do list.
  • I reconnected with an old friend.
  • I learned (or relearned) not to try and reinvent the wheel.
  • And I finally started putting words on the page again.

What about you? Any lessons learned this week? Did this quote resonate with you, too? Let’s talk about it.

Until then, here are this week’s links:


Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Great post! I hear ya about hitting a block. I’m chipping my way through one now. I’ve also got a few other things moving in the wings, including leading a panel at next month’s meeting for our local Sisters in Crime chapter and a reunion with my writing sisters. And there’s that pesky garden, and all that housework I love to put off until I can’t stand it anymore.

    Love the quote, though. I keep reminding myself that the first step is to get it written, no matter how awful. If it isn’t on the page, I can’t do anything to make it better.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  2. Wow, Staci. That’s all so cool. I haven’t tried to write songs since my teens — and even then I realized I had no talent for it at all. Huge accomplishments here for you. Just getting words to the page is a big deal. Loved that quote. Happy weekend hugs!

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  3. So it IS all about who you know 🙂
    I would have needed my hubby’s help with lyrics, but then I wouldn’t be able to use them because he’s Weird Al’s double, lol
    Glad you were able to work through the issues and start the ball rolling, have a great weekend!

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  4. You’ve got a seriously expert team of advisers in the family, Staci – what a resource! I got as far as reading my new WIP – that hadn’t been touched since early May. Plan to get words on the paper after a book fest and helping my son move over the weekend. You may hold be accountable.

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    1. I really do. And not only are they good resources, they’re great people, and I love them all dearly.

      Good luck with the move. I’m sure it’s a bittersweet moment for you. And best wishes with the book fest. Then onto the WIP!

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  5. I had a similar problem earlier this week. I was anxious and mad. I’m pretty sure I snapped at the cat for dribbling out of his water dish. So I put on the brakes and promised myself I wouldn’t move until I figured out the problem.

    It didn’t take long.

    For at least a week I was avoiding my current work. My attention and time involved blogging, twitter, solving the worlds problems and doing a poor job of convincing my 15 year old daughter that the cute boy down the road wasn’t worth her time. Pretty sure I failed at that one.

    The other day I got up at 5 am and worked for three hours on my current project. The mood changed. Life is better. Problem solved.

    It’s nice to see I have company. Excellent post. Thank you!!!

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    1. I get grumpy, too, when things aren’t going well. You definitely aren’t the only one.

      WIsh I had advice for you regarding your daughter. I used to be a teenage girl and I now have one of my own. Trust me, I know—she won’t listen to your opinion right now. It’ll all work out in the end, though. Wishing you luck with that one! (And all the best with your WIP.)

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  6. I hate hitting those hurdles where the page is screaming for words and I have none to put down because of some mental block. So glad everything worked out well. Writing lyrics is an entirely different category and I would have hit a wall with that one too. It’s wonderful you have so many connections!

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    1. I’m truly blessed. I do have a lot of accomplished people in my life who can answer questions about a variety of things. Can you imagine if I didn’t? I’d probably still be fussing over the medical information in Type and Cross! My brother used to own a plumbing/heating/electrical company, and he was a big help to me when I wrote a scene in Mind Control. You really never know when you’re going to need someone’s knowledge in a book.

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  7. That’s the quote I like to remind myself of too when I’m feeling less creative. Even if what we write is clunky and incoherent, it’s at least a base for us to tidy up later.

    Thank you again so much for your review of my book! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I definitely got sucked into the abyss for a while. I need to figure out a way to get past things like that faster. If I didn’t happen to know musicians, I’d probably still be agonizing over useless lyrics. (If you read my attempts, you’d laugh. Or groan. Or both.)

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      1. Lyrics are so far beyond me it’s unfathomable. I don’t have the poetry gene either. I always wanted to write a character like DC Comics Etrigan. He’s so creepy because he always talks in rhyme. Not in my powers.

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      2. I’ve had two poems published, so I understand the form. And the Medici Protectorate Series has a sonnet in it that’s a prophecy. If I’m inspired, I can manage a passable verse. But I couldn’t convert that ability to lyrics. It was really bad. And a total time suck.

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  8. Happy things turned out for you. Wise to take advantage (not in a negative way) of the resources around us. I’m blessed to work with a lot of medical professionals. You know that I had someone reach out to me that can assist with police investigation questions and technicalities. There are other people who I know would willingly assist. BTW, I look forward to the new book. You know how much I love music.

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    1. I think writers are too busy (especially self-published authors, who take on other tasks, too) to waste time. Personally, I need to work smarter and make use of the resources at my disposal. I tend to get bogged down and try everything myself (including exhaustive research) when I could simply ask a question and get an answer. I spent hours researching the casino in Pittsburgh and couldn’t find the information I wanted. I called my dad, called my cousin, and had the answer in seconds. When my sister wrote Romance Under Wraps, she had questions about the museum. I RECOMMENDED (I really should take my own advice) she call them, and she did. She got answers to her question and to questions the first answer led to. All of which happened faster than trying to look things up. Google is great, but it’s not necessarily always the best answer.

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