Nov. 24th, 2009

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I've been struggling with writer's block for the last week or so. After the initial burst of enthusiasm for NaNo, I fell behind at about 16,000 words and eventually had to admit that I wasn't excited enough about the project and that it was time to do something else.

Now I feel a bit like I've got my wheels spinning in the sand. I have four stories (plus a poem) out on submission, I've got another working its way through the critique process before I give it its final rewrites and send it out into the world, and I've got a novel sitting in a drawer, "waiting for the crap to drip off of it" before I try to tackle a second draft.

I've got one and a half novels outlined, one of which is ready for me to start breaking ground as soon as I can crank my lazy ass into gear and make myself do it. And I'm excited about the story, and I want to write it; so why is it so hard to get butt-in-chair and do it?

And then there's my Yuletide, for which I've got a killer first line and not much else.

Maybe I've just got the holiday blahs. I'm heading off to Houston tomorrow for Thanksgiving with the not-quite-inlaws, and going home a few weeks after that for Christmas. And I'm just off the tail end of a whole bunch of other travel, not least of which was VP.

And my total output for the year so far has been in the neighborhood of 90,000 words, which isn't bad for juggling a day job and not really getting serious about B-I-C every day until July, if you ask me.

But in the end, a whole bunch of that is just excuses. I've got the time, I've got the ideas, I just need to reapply discipline and make shit happen. Because that's the only way it ever will.


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