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!


Writer's Block?

All throughout NaNoWriMo, I cruised along with my novel, all the while thinking of the world I set aside in The Girl in the Glass Coffin (my NaNo 2013 novel) that I was still revising. I tried to not think of the characters in TGGC and that world, but it was difficult for me.

Now that I can actually jump back into that world, I’m struggling.


I have a first and second draft that I’m working from, but in order to make it a fuller, more developed novel, I’m adding scenes and chapters. I have ideas, but they don’t seem to be forming at such a positive rate as I was hoping they would as I was writing my 2014 NaNo novel.

In fact, I’m kind of at a stand-still.

In the year that I have been working on this novel, I have never felt blocked, or rather uninspired.

Right now, I really want to be writing. I really want to continue, but it feels like every word that I type to progress the story forward is complete shit. It might be that I am completely distracted with the holiday season and my day job, but I feel like this story will never be finished.

Is this something that all writers feel at one point or another?

What have you done when writers block has hit you hard mid-novel?

I really don’t want to set this aside for another month or so, since I really haven’t done much work on it since October.

My critique partner, Megan is amazing. She and I have talked every single day, even when neither of us have written, and are trying to push one another forward. She gives me suggestions that I take and try to work into my novel.

But I’ve come to realize that I might need yet another set of eyes to look over what I have so far in my novel.

Should I get a second critique partner while I am still writing/revising?

I’m hesitant to put myself out there on somewhere like Critique Circle. I’m still very new to this CP thing and am an unpublished author as of right now. I need someone I can trust to give me their honest opinion and help me in those areas that are lagging along.

My poor little crappy novel needs help— and lots of it.