So, after a two week break I’m back at Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games Case File.
My breaks aren’t generally real breaks since I spend a most of the time thinking about plots and characters. However, I did spend an entire week just reading for pleasure.
I also organized my entire house from top to bottom including cupboards, closets, and cleaning the garage.
Thank god the donate station is open again!
When one week turned into two and I still didn’t feel the muse, I began to do a little mental movie watching.
This is the process where I will run scenes in my head like a movie so I can swap characters, change up dialogue, action, etc. I generally do this as I wind down for sleep though I may do it while playing round after round of Free Cell since it’s so mindless.
Usually, this is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing again. However, when I was a day past the two week mark and still didn’t have a good feel for what to work on I decided to take a second look.
I also wrote way too many emails – for which I apologized to the recipients. Obviously, I was stalling so I didn’t have to face what might be causing the problem.
As I did manage to get a few book ideas going over the previous evenings I decided to do a bit more mental movie watching – with the intent of coming up with a project to work on. Long story short, of the four books I have in the queue, I decided to do…I didn’t know!
After all that work I STILL didn’t know!
Since I couldn’t figure out which one to tackle and as Mirror was already in first draft complete mode, I decided to work on that. It was at that point I realized what the problem was. On some unconscious level I needed to finish that one and get it out before I could free myself to work on anything else.
It would have been nice to tell myself but hey, better late than never.
It’s unusual for me to get locked into one story at a time. I like to work on multiple stories simultaneously because it’s how my writing mind works which makes it soothing. That this happened let me know I unconsciously send messages to myself and it’s worth noting the change in pattern.
So next time I don’t worry about a delay in getting back to it, though I DO have a cleaner more organized house for it.
So, I’m working to have Mirror available late fall/early summer 2020.
I have a couple of Bite Size Pieces stories in the queue along with additional full-length novels across all the series.