How Amanda Got Her Groove Back

Secondary Title: Why am I living where the air hurts my face?

No really, that is what I am asking myself right now. It’s been a very cold and snowy week here in Oswego, New York. Temperatures are pretty far below zero with the wind chill and everyone just wants to stay indoors.

What are some perfect things to do when the weather is crappy like this???

Write, write, write, read, drink hot cocoa. Hide under the blankets. Try to blog (and mostly fail).

Yup, sounds very much like me.

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about my writer’s block. To me it felt more like a creative block altogether (I didn’t want to crochet, read, or do anything that I consider to be a creative outlet). After writing a completely new and different novel for NaNoWriMo 2014, I was having difficulty getting back into the swing of revisions and felt pretty crappy about that.

I was honestly thinking about giving up on The Girl in the Glass Coffin altogether.

Even though I’d spent over a year working on it. Even though it’s something that I really wanted to finish, to try to get published. My critique partner, Megan was encouraging me to get new material to her, but I was still in the steampunk world of Lucinda Compton.

Thankfully, Diana contacted me when she did and offered to be a second CP for me, and after tweaking my first couple of chapters and sending them to her, I got my groove back.

Sometimes all it takes is getting a fresh perspective on your own book. I’ve read each and every chapter of each draft of TGGC at least a hundred times. I’ve poured over them, crossing things out (sentences, paragraphs, sometimes even whole pages) and re-writing and revising. My eyes and brain were tired. I didn’t see where the issues or snags in my story were.

After NaNoWriMo, I went back to Chapter 1 and read through all of draft 3 all over again (more than once) and I just wasn’t feeling it. I had new chapters to write to fill in the gaps of where my last draft left off and wasn’t getting inspired to continue.

But the help and encouragement that Megan and Diana have given me inspired me to keep going. I’ve written two entirely new chapters since, and Diana is almost completely caught up with the chapters that I’ve already revised.

Having someone to help keep your accountable for your writing makes all the difference.

It also doesn’t hurt when you have a break from your own writing to read theirs and help them.

Trading chapters with these two lovely ladies has pushed me out of my slump and gotten me writing again. Yay! Thanks guys. You rock!


0 thoughts on “How Amanda Got Her Groove Back

  1. jenspenden says:

    I can so relate to this! And, really, this all part of the writing process: Loving it, hating it, questioning it, adoring it…Up and down, up and down…lol. Critique partners are vital to keep you balanced and on track. Good luck! You can do this. Just keep trudging along. I’m right there trudging along with you :-p

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