knowing when to take a break, and knowing when to push

There is a nameless muse that lives inside my brain.  She is very disturbed and that’s what makes her a great writer.  She does not make an appearance when I need her to.  Only when I am surrounded my chaos and noise does she step forward and say, “Let’s write.”  I try to lure her out with loud music after the kids have gone to bed and I have hours of time to myself.  But she isn’t interested.  She is selfish and jealous and last month I decided to put her in time-out.  We will see if this time has given her some perspective.

In March I set a goal for myself: 1,000 words a day.  From March 11th through April 16th I kept to my goal.  But then I hit a wall.  I can’t explain what happened, exactly.  I started having issues with Thing 1 and I guess it all just got to be too much.  I took a break and got my personal life in order (well, the best order I could.  Let’s not get crazy now) and I am so glad that I did.  I set a goal to start writing again on May 18th and finishing (come Hell or high water) on June 1st.  I can do this, I told myself. 

Then about halfway through April, my muse sticks her tongue out at me and says “It’s not working.  Your protagonist’s character profile is all wrong.”  I laugh at her, because what the hell does she know? Come to find out, the little bitch was right.  It wasn’t working.  I send BFF an urgent text, in which she responds loyally “You’re right, it isn’t.  But you can make it work.”  Not in those exact words, she will argue.  But that is how I will remember it in my acknowledgements :) 

Tomorrow I will begin re-molding my character and changing the story to reflect these changes and everything will be fine.  I will reach my goal of 40,000 words by June 1st. In addition, I will blog every Friday.  I may blog about movies or my car or cheesecake (I really love cheesecake).  But dammit, I will blog.  I will query and I will query widely and proudly and I will land an agent.  Oh, yes…The summer is mine, people. 

Have a great weekend :)

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4 comments on “knowing when to take a break, and knowing when to push
  1. Kim mills says:

    Great positivity. We will celebrate when we both land agent this summer.

  2. BFF says:

    BFF doesn’t remember the words she used, but knows that you are right, you can do it!!

    The people that live in our heads are NUTS!! But we gotta love them.

    Own the summer cuz you get me twice in it!! Yee Haw!!

  3. BFF says:

    Oh, and if you need a topic to blog about might I suggest
    “How much I love my BFF”

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