Archive for February 18th, 2012

I had a rare few days where I was actually writing but I hadn’t posted anything about it. Usually when I don’t blog it means I haven’t been writing. That’s not the case this time!

I’ve created a monster this month. The ideas won’t stop and it’s making it hard to want to do anything else but drape myself on a couch or theatrically throw myself into a booth at a bar and write write write. In my head I think I look like a crazy genius; my pen is madly dashing across the page as I struggle to keep up with the ideas and sentences rampaging in my imagination. In reality, I probably just look like an exhausted hack lit by the fires of a manic episode (crazy hair and all). There is nothing beautiful or inspiring about this “struggling artist” act, it’s all baloney to make me feel like I’m productive writer.

I’m absolutely hooked on the CYOA stories. I know I talked about it before but as with every great infatuation, it’s all that I see is worthy of my attention. Perhaps I love it for the fact that they’re short stories. Or it could be due to the fact that I get to indulge in all sorts of different directions. There’s no more wondering “what would have happened if I decided to go this route instead” because I can choose option A AND B! I think most of all, it’s given me a my confidence back that I have the potential to complete another story. For too long I’ve been stagnant and uninspired to slog through the heavy story lines. But not anymore! This is like a breath of fresh air and I’m so grateful that I allowed myself to toss out everything I had worked on this month and try something different.

Life is too short to stress about things and sometimes the best parts in life happen because you allow yourself to step outside the limitations you’ve set for yourself and try something new. I suppose this month’s story don’t really count in the sense that it’s not a true novel but do you know what? I don’t care! At this point I just want the satisfaction of finishing a writing project at the end of the month. Of course I’d love for it to be a novel and who knows. After this I only have 4 months left. That’s not a lot of time left and with my confidence recharged, I’m feeling more optimistic about the remaining novels.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about the project-of-the-month and that in and of itself is a miracle. There have been too many months were apathy reigned and I was beginning to fear that I wouldn’t be able to drag my sorry little bum through to the end. That’s not the case anymore! I’ve discovered my saving grace this month so if future genres aren’t working out, CYOA will be my fallback plan. *rubbing hands gleefully* I can’t go wrong now!

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