It was as I sat here in front of my computer, staring at a blank word processor document (didn't writers used to stare at a blank page?), that I came up with this topic.
See, I've been having trouble coming up with blog topics, which is part of the reason why I went a month and a half without posting a thing. Perhaps my focus has just been too fixed on Reprisal to come up with anything, but I just haven't been able to write on any other topic.
It's the proverbial wall, and we all hit it at some point.
The writing world is full of encouraging words. We should take our time, build a following, be patient and it will come. Work hard, practice your craft, write often, read even more. There are a thousand things we need to keep doing, and at all costs, we can't get discouraged. It's a marathon, not a sprint, after all.
Yeah. Try it some time.
Finding inspiration when you're feeling defeated is tough. At some point during your writing career, whether you are indie or traditional, you will feel the icy grip of defeat take hold. You've worked for hundreds or even thousands of hours, improved your writing incrementally, sent out hundreds of queries, and you've still to see any kind of fruit come of those seeds you sow. You set up a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a G+ account, and do everything right. Blog tours, reviews, giveaways, promotions. Shouldn't you be seeing some kind of reward by now?
I thought I would. But then again, I have friends in the writing world who spent ten or more years just writing. Working on perfecting their craft before they ever let anything see the light of day. I tend to work faster than that.
For me, finding inspiration to write something beyond my current task is a monumental undertaking. If you understand at all how my mind works, you would know that I keep one task in my head at a time, and that gets the lion's share of my unconscious thought. Nothing else really takes a piece of that. For me, the last few months have been dominated by Reprisal, which is almost finished now. To be honest, blogging hasn't been a priority for me.
This is the source of my defeat.
If I ever want to grow beyond being an indie author with a few sales each month, I have to discover the inspiration to write beyond my current project. I need to find content that is inspiring and interesting to people who would be interested in the books I write. That's not an easy task, particularly for somebody like me.
So answer me this: What do you do for inspiration when nothing else feels like it's working?
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