Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Dear Blog,

You’re probably wondering how my plan is going, but it’s too early to tell.

Actually, I don’t want to talk about it.

The good news is, I haven’t experienced the new-shiny-object syndrome. So, that’s a plus.

On the other hand, my word count is taking a hit.

I’d say I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but it’s a classic case.

No, not writer’s block. That’s just an excuse to justify laziness.

It’s… not feeling the story. I’m not connecting with it the way I need to. I’m not focusing.

I’m also not feeling energized, so I’m letting that get in the way of my work. It’s been a while since I ate a salad or had much for vegetables and I think that’s really the root of the problem. It’s easier and quicker to go for the meals you simply heat up on the stove and then eat. The colder outside temperatures also don’t get me excited about eating cold salads.

So, that needs to change.

Only we’re going through a kitchen remodel, so half of our kitchen is in the office at the moment. Eventually, we’ll be unplugging the stove, sink, and refrigerator so we can sand and finish the wood floor, tear off the rest of the nasty drywall and attic insulation, and put up new drywall on the walls and ceiling.

I’m not quite sure how that is going to work with my writing schedule. I guess we’ll find out.

In the meantime, I’ll try to drink more water, take my vitamins, and keep brainstorming the story so I can feel more connected.

It’s been a little frustrating that it isn’t just coming to me. But that happens. This is a learning process, an experiment really. It tells me that I need a more solid foundation if I want to plow through the writing. But if anything, this sets me back one month, not seven. So, I’m still winning!

Back next week for more news (and hopefully not about more writing frustrations!)!

Author Update: Here’s the book I was working on when I wrote this blog post — Breakout!

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