There’s a reason I post so much flash and micro fiction — as much as I’m passionate about writing, I am painfully bad at follow through. Here are my confessions:
- I get too excited by new ideas and jump ship like my life depends on it
- As a technical writer, I’m trained to be concise, which it makes it very difficult to write longer pieces
- When I get deep into a manuscript and start to feel like it might be The One, I get overwhelmed by the pressure
In a nutshell, I’m a serial story starter who gets overwhelmed easily. It’s a problem.
But here’s what I’m doing about it…
When I get overwhelmed in my every day life and need to escape, I read. When I REALLY need to escape, I read cozy mysteries. They’re silly, they’re fun (if somewhat murder-y), and they shut off the part of my brain that worries about, well, EVERYTHING.
So, I’m wondering if I can apply this to my particular brand of writer’s block, which is really just me feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of putting my name on something that I want to be ABSOLUTELY perfect.
To test my theory, I am putting aside all of my very serious and personal manuscripts and letting myself spend an indeterminate amount of time writing a cozy paranormal mystery. That’s all the goodness of a small town murder mystery with the added bonus of a paranormal element (often, it’s that our fierce female MC is also a witch). It’s just outside of my comfort zone, but also might be just what I need. There’s zero pressure because a conceit of the genre is that it’s not to be taken seriously… at all.
I mean… just look at these titles!
So far, it’s working! In less than a week, I’ve written over 10, 000 words and yet it’s been like a vacation for my brain. More to the point, I’ve been in better spirits and have had less anxiety overall. That’s not nothing!
I hope it continues to be this fun and effective. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll wake up completely unblocked on a previous piece 🙂
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a much darker publication I have in an upcoming fairytale anthology. Release Date is TBA, but I’ll keep you all posted!