I’ve been struggling mightily to write lately.
Not because I couldn’t make the time due to work or life, but because mentally I was not there. The story was not jelling. Pieces were missing that were critical to make things go together. For me, plausibility and motivation are big. If they do not work in my head, I know they won’t work for the reader.
So I’ve been thrashing about.
Not to mention I’m still stressing about book sales and getting ready for the print release of book one (Yes that’s still happening soon) and just all the other stuff in life. It’s been overwhelming to my brainal like substances.
With that being said, last week has been quietly good. I’ve done a lot of research on medieval life and culture. It has had lots of points that are transferable to my setting. I have also gotten some good feedback from a reader or two, so that’s a plus out there too. My head likes maps and seeing the location of things as well as understanding some of the subtleties of a culture. A single piece of information that came was just sort of a toss off on one bit of research became critical for me. That piece of information? In the middle ages, people believed insanity was contagious!
Ta Da! Tons of problems solved. Don’t get me started about balancing the humors. I still don’t quite get that and am grateful for divine healing in the setting. Just ick. Even the word “Black Bile” does me no favors.
So now, I’m on the verge of the surge in writing. I just have to clear my space of distractions… (see you later Guild Wars 2)… and focus on putting out more content. It has been helpful to talk things out with a few people too. Simple things even like tonight. I mentioned my struggle about the setting of the village of Kynligrspiejl and one word helped push me past it all, and that word was ‘artisan’. And that was the term that helped me bootstrap into what I need to fix so I can start another plot line that is required to weave into this tapestry I’m making. Where ALRDW was more of a thin braid, this is a tapestry. Very big and audacious. Many themes that will set up the rest of the books will be started and enriched.
I’m looking forward to that, but it’s making my life a bit crazy because it’s been like dragging a boulder behind me. I wonder if I’ll have to do a fast again?
ANYWAY!… move we shall.
Hopefully more reviews come up soon. I like hearing what you have to say.
So time for sleep, then awake, get the chores out of the way so I can sit down and write again with a clear mind.
Therefore, toodle and oo!