Wow. That is one crazy Steampunk Dragon by Turkish deviantartist kerembeyit. The detail on it is amazing! I had to share it, even though in my search tonight I was looking for more of a cyberpunk versus steampunk look.
That’s because I got some pretty good advice tonight from some fellow writers about what to do when you’ve got writer’s block. The first advice, from Rebecca Kanner, author of the novels Sinners and the Sea and Esther, was to lower my standards. And I admit it, I sat at my desk on Monday and didn’t get a thing written — or at least saved. Everything I wrote I just deleted right away. Sometimes, writing on a computer can have disadvantages.
And the second piece of advice was something I knew intellectually, but it took hearing someone else say it out loud tonight for me to really decide the time was right.
Chrissy Kolaya, author of the novel Charmed Particles, was talking about writer’s block and how she wishes she had the time to have writer’s block, because just like everyone, she’s super busy.But she’s a writer, and things have to get written. That’s why, she says, she works on multiple things at a time, because if one gets stalled out, she can shift her focus to the another project and focus her energy there. That way she’s still writing.
I love having this blog, and I’m going to stick with it, I know that much. And I love my novel, and the ideas behind and within it, and the concept of my trilogy. I’m going to finish it.
But as for tomorrow — tomorrow, I’m going to work on something else. And I’m not going to feel guilty about it either. I’ve got a few hours of writing time planned, and we’ll see where it takes me. I’ve had an idea for a cyberpunk story floating around in my head for a few weeks, and I took some brief notes, but then I set it aside, thinking I couldn’t distract myself with a whole new story when my plans for Finding Dragons were just coming together.
As it turns out, I think I desperately need a distraction right now. Well, wish me luck, I’ll let you know how it goes! Stay creative!