Thursday, August 13, 2009

When You're Stuck, You're Stuck...

I always tend to have more than one iron in the fire. In addition to my writing, I'm a mom (which is a full-time job), I'm a wife, and I'm an artist. Yep. I love a good box of oil crayons and a great subject, like my friend's Papillion pup, or my own precocious cats. But then I also like to create art with human subjects too.

Right now I'm trying to paint ornaments (fall pumpkins and Christmas things like gingerbread people and angels) for an upcoming craft show in October. Yes, its a bit early, but you have to remember, painting ceramics and crafts takes time and you have to wait for things to dry between coats.

In addition, I'm stuck. Yes, I have two stories going at the same time. The heroes are different - one's a vampire and the other's a cop. The heroine's are just as different. Yet, no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to make either gain a bit of speed.

I did work on a very short story to follow up Blaine's story on Whipped Cream. I plan to submit it this week. I love to do these shorts because I want to keep the characters going. They keep telling me they want to tell everyone their stories.

Ah well...

Any suggestions for getting past my writers block? The chocolate and movie theory (eat chocolate and see a great movie) isn't working...

I'd love to hear your ideas.



Marianne Arkins said...

Write a random scene completely out of order that you may or may not use for the book. I like to have my H/H do something routine like, oh... take a shower or go grocery shopping because no two people do those things alike.

It's a way to get writing, even if you don't use it. And, it's a way to get to know your characters better, too.

I also like to use a writing prompt. I have a boatload of links to sites for these but my fave is just because it's totally off the wall (and how I wrote the free read on my site called "Life in the Details", lol).

Good luck!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Thanks. I needed that. I did get a bit of a nudge by simply walking away and letting the story do it's own thing in my head. I love my dreams...

Going to check out that site though.

You rock!