A.K.A. One Writer’s Reality of Writing Fiction
We’re always in the middle of something, no?
Hello, interwebbies. It is I, Tonette of the Moon, blogging to you from my laptop. Yes, yes, I know it’s been a terribly long time, eight months, give or take. I had a feeling 2015 would be an eventful year and it certainly is indeed!
Now, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there…
Well, not quite like a certain rapper-turned-actor, but I’d like to think it’s been an ahmahzeeng adventure, so far!
Let’s catch up, shall we?
First big news, I am now a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language. The TESL Program was an unique experience. I met amazing people along the way and learned new things about myself in the process.
I’d steadily worked my way back up to full-time student status, but nothing could prepare me for the intensity of the program.
Of course, what better way to deal with that than to celebrate post-semester with a second big event such as a move? These last few months have been a painful blur with getting things from Point A to Point B. The amount of physical, mental, and emotional stress was certainly a challenge. Therefore, saying yes to joining NaNoWriMo just because other writing buddies were doing it was as ill-advised as taking a class because your friend was in it. I’ve done the former, know people who’ve done the latter, and let’s just say better choices were out there.
We’re now in the middle of a NaNo I barely prepared for, the ideas for which I’ve switched around three times, and I’ve been super unproductive in many facets of my life. It’s all become overwhelming to a point that I’m stuck.
That sense of helpless, hopeless wall staring, trying to get myself out of it, then stalling before I can even start. So, what to do? I need to unpack everything–the house, my plot outline–you name it.
When I felt the most “stuck in a rut,” it took Neil Gaiman and my super supportive SO to help me (chronological revelation, not personal impact, of course!) Mr. Gaiman had an interesting way of looking at what people perceive as Writer’s Block and how to deal with it. You can watch the video of that here.
There’s so much I want to share with you, so much I’ve learned, thus far. For now, I’ll leave it here with the reminder that while NaNo is meant to inspire, don’t let it restrict your creativity. Word counts might be reached, they might not. The point is keep writing. Keep going.
Next post I’ll talk more about how everything happening in my life is affecting my writing and how I’m turning that around.
Until next time…
Congratulations on the TESL certification!
Sounds like there is or has been a lot of pressures in your life. In the same circumstances I’d probably be hiding in my new home, not venturing out to take classes, so congratulations on your achievement!
I’m doing my version of NaNoWriMo — using the event, as I often do, as an excuse to bury myself in writing projects, but not necessarily making an effort to produce new words for a new novel. The first week I did a quick revision before submitting a requested MS, and now have gone on to add about 10,000 words to a WIP.
Hope your next couple weeks continue to be more productive. 🙂
Wow. Mea culpa for such a late reply. I don’t have enough tissues to explain my lack of online presence for the last few months. I do hope that your WIP is going well. I’m going to take a peek into #WIPMadness this coming week to readjust to the writing life again.