Monday, March 4, 2013

Getting Back to Writing Again

I've been finding it tough to get back into the swing of writing again. I don't mean revisions, I mean actually sitting down and writing new chapters, or scenes.

I have finally had some new ideas come to me and sat down and wrote out a chapter one day, and a few scenes another day. It is coming back to me, slowly, but surely. I think once you have been immersed in the revision part of your book for as long as I was, you tend to forget what it's like to just sit and write. To come up with new and fun ideas for the rest of the series. I do enjoy this part of writing.

Recently, I read a new comment thread on LinkedIn asking if you have to be a little crazy to be creative, and I have to say, Yes. In fact, that's a big YES! I remember on my last birthday, I received a birthday wish from one of my comedienne,(that's how you spell it if the comic is a woman) friends who said I was crazy, but good crazy.

I guess I never thought of my self as a little on the tipped side of eccentric, or weird, or even moody. When I used to book comics and bands, I found they were all a little crazy, but wonderful people. The one thing that stood out the most for me, is they are actually very smart people, with an acute sense of their surroundings. I guess to do this for a living, you would have to be a little touched.

But, it feels good to be back among the crazy's and writing again. It is still a work in progress for me, but I will come back with a vengeance. I am grateful that I had already written most of the novella and the second book in the series. At least I know I am not starting from scratch. 

Do you think you might be a little touched in your creativity? I am curious as to your thoughts or maybe comments that you've been told about yourself to make you wonder how people see you. And, are you writing everyday, or finding it difficult to get back into it like me?


I hope that all of you have a wonderful week. Don't forget to drop me a line. I love to hear from you and your muse.

Love, Lisa

22 comments:

  1. I don't mind being a bit eccentric with creativity. I like to keep my mind busy. If you weren't a bit touched with craziness you might be writing dry owner's manuals or scholarly articles for university publications. On the other hand, I've known a few people who write those sorts of things and they were a bit crazy in their own ways.

    Let's hear a cheer for crazy creativity!

    Lee
    Writers Workshop
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. I agree Arlee. My mother used to write those kinds of topics and she is absolutely touched lol!

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  2. I'm definitely a little nuts, but that's what makes us interesting.

    I always find it difficult to get back into the writing groove even after finishing one project and moving on to the other. It's often hard to switch from the full-on revision gear back to writing.

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    1. Yes, we can admit it now lol! I know, it is hard to get back at it. I used to sit for hours and write, now I am lucky to be able to do it for more than one hour at a time.

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  3. Hi Lisa, We have to be real nuttty(that's what I have been called)in order to persevere in this most challenging industry. I must be crazy to put up with rejection, criticism, and still love what I'm doing! If that's the case, I love being crazy. Keep witing you nutty ones. Keep writing. Blessings.

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    1. Absolutely Johnny! We are a little nuts lol! Thanks for posting!

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  4. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! I think we may be on the same wave length.

    Last night I sat down and wrote my blog, which should have just posted, and it's almost about the same thing, at least the crazy part.

    Yes! I am crazy. You know that though.

    So funny! I can't believe we wrote pretty much the same thing. ROTHFLMAF!

    Robin

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    1. Yeah, I found that pretty funny too! Well, as they say, Good minds think alike!

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  5. Hi Lisa,

    I know I'm crazy - my husband tells me I'm a lunatic daily, and living in a fantasy world. Oh well, I'm enjoying myself, so I don't care. Of course, writers have to be crazy to write all this stuff daily, and get involved in all these projects. But I have to keep busy. I have always been creative, and I have to get it out in some way.

    Yes, it is hard to start all over on a new ms, but you'll ease into it. Soon your fingers will be flying over the keyboard again.

    Sunni

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    1. maybe he's the one that's crazy lol! He should support his wife, not 'b' rate her! At least your not out hanging around in bars lol, you're writing! What's the harm in that!

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  6. Ahhh, I think I probably belong in this group! Re your blog post Lisa - it probably saves your sanity a little, to walk away from it once in a while, don't you think? (so that's not crazy)! Accepting when you need to do that is hard sometimes, but I'm suspecting a necessary part of 'recharging the creative juices' or something. 'Burnout' is common in any job that requires emotional investment, and if a writer isn't emotionally invested they're not much good, but then too much leads to not being much good either .... a paradox for sure!

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    1. I agree, but at some point you have to jump back in and just do it!

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  7. I know people who think I'm crazy for loving to write, period. Some think me crazy for spending hours and oodles of time and energy on something that I don't get paid for (yet, she says hopefully). I feel crazy sometimes when I'm so immersed with characters, that they follow me around and I have conversations with them in my head.
    Glad you're back to writing, Lisa. I find it's like riding a bike--it always does come back.
    Jagoda

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    1. I have the same problem, my characters talking to me! My head is usually on my books!

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  8. Why would anyone choose to write, unless they were in fact a little crazy! It is the greatest and most self satisfying career imaginable. However the compensation isn't always what one would hope. Still us crazies never do it for the money, we do it is for the art; the pure joy of telling a story. Crazy is fun, and besides most people enjoy a little diversity. When you take yourself too seriously life becomes stale, and you bore the heck out of those you associate with.... Another great blog, and so true!

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    1. True, especially if you are trying to write novels! People have no idea how hard it is, not to mention, time consuming!

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  9. Much of fiction writing unfolds from the subconscious, that part of us that has its own sensibilities. I don't know from whence came aspects of my plots and subplots--they just materialized in the most interesting ways, woven intricately together without any conscious work on my part. I came to know things about my characters, myself and about life that I could not have known before I started writing my story. Worse yet, I've said things that make sense to only a few people. Thank God for my writing friends! If writing and the creative process have made me odd, then so much the better. I've spent long enough in the left-brain world that is driven by logic, convention and boring consistency. The sane people need our madness--or they would not be buying all our books.

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    1. You got that right, Janet! Obviously they need the escape from the "sane" world of boring and dull!

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  10. Totally true. I'm finding it hard to write just because after work my brain needs to stop thinking and writing can do that, though mostly it wracks the brain even more. Sad part is that I know it's all in there.

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    1. Yes, and then when you sit down and write, it can either fly right out of your mind in the middle of it, or you find yourself rewriting it over and over, trying to find the right words! I have to rewrite a scene i wrote the other day and I pull it up and my mind goes blank!

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  11. Hi,

    I have developed a habit of taking a two months off from writing, usually January and February. It doesn't mean that I don't write but I don't pressure myself into thinking that I have to write. I do those things that I want to do like read several books, figure out a few new tricks on my writing software or other software programs that I have on my computer and iPad or I take time to look at some old films that I love to look at.

    I think time off is necessary for any creative person. I have noticed that when I come back to writing things began to flow, but that is only after I have taken a time out.

    Hope you get back into the swing of things like you would like to.

    Ciao,
    Patricia

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  12. Thanks Pat, I'm sure I will. Right now working on my manuscript. Just got it back from the editor and will hopefully launch in the next month or so!

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