Monday, February 11, 2013

Slumping Waddles Teaser

"I need more power!"
Ever hit a writing slump? Man-oh-man, I just got out of a big one. Pretty sure it was the big move during the holidays that dried up all of my creative juices. From November until just last night, I wrote nothing in my current WIP. Absolutely nothing. Even when I had the time to sit down and write, I found myself totally uninspired.

But three months of nothing has taken its toll. I found myself trying to get reaquainted with my own work. This project was right around the 96K word count  point before I stopped. But I forced myself to delve back into this manuscript. It was both exciting and exhausting. My hope is now I've finally struck some oil and I can work to finish this book.

What are some of your techniques for overcoming these slumps? What do you do when life takes over and you find yourself in a real creative dry spell?

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What a cute ducky!
My amazing writing partner, Miranda Hardy, just had a new children's book that just came out, thanks to Quixotic Publishing. Wacky Waddles chronicles the adventures of a cute little duckling exploring his new home at the zoo and learns the value of being yourself. Beautifully illustrated by Rimi Rasheed, Miranda's newest book is sure to delight kids and kids-at-heart! 
So excited for you, Miranda!!!

You can get the Amazon Kindle version HERE.
Paperback version HERE
Barnes & Noble ebook version HERE

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And of course, I had to leave you with yet another tease of the cover art for my upcoming novel, Dragonfly Warrior. It's an Asian-themed Steampunk adventure, and I'm looking forward to telling you more about it in the near future.

That ain't no letter opener


34 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

Thank you for posting about Wacky Waddles. I didn't realize you were in a slump, but I knew you had a lot going on.

You'll push through. It may help to take time to go back and read everything first.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah for Miranda!
When you fall out of the habit, it's tough. My last manuscript took four months of outlining before I felt ready to write again.

Jay Noel said...

Miranda: You're welcome!

Alex: Exactly. Once you're off the tracks, it's easy to stay off.

Matthew MacNish said...

I saw this cover over at Stina's, but now I'm even more excited about your book. That sword looks awesome!

Melanie Schulz said...

I usually have at least two projects going at once, so if one dries up I go to the other one; kind of a psychological trick to convince myself I'm not having writer's block

Julie Dao said...

Ditto what everyone else has been saying... that is a pretty cool sword! And congrats to Miranda, I have been seeing her book everywhere today!

Jay Noel said...

Matthew: Thanks!

Melanie: Huh...that's interesting. I might have to try that. Don't know if my male brain is capable of such multitasking.

Julie: Can't go wrong with swords.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I've been in a kind of slump lately. Mostly because I just have no writing mojo. I sat down and got 4k words this weekend though. I think to overcome a slump, for me it just requires dedication to pound out words, even if I don't want to.

Jay Noel said...

Michael, I'm exactly the same way. I just started writing. Crappy in the beginning, but it got better as I went along. Just have to break the bad streak.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It may not be a letter opener, but I do have one that's a sword.

J. A. Bennett said...

Sometimes NaNo takes it all out of you. Just keep pushing and you'll get there!

Laura Eno said...

I had to get really drastic with my last slump and start painting a mural on my wall. I've been in another one these past two weeks.
You had a lot going on in your life between switching jobs and moving. At least reaquainting yourself with it now gives you a fresh outlook.

Riann Colton said...

I know all about slumps. Everytime one rolls around I fear it's gonna be another 5 year one.

Even though I'm getting words out, I don't feel productive.

Glad you're writing again.

Dude...I'm not patient...just show me the the cover. Come ooooooon

M Pax said...

Congrats to Miranda! Woot!

And I've had slumps. Then when I got serious about making this a career, they stopped.

I'm not sure what I'm going to write next right now, but that's me thinking and analyzing and I'll make up my mind soon enough.

With that said, give yourself a break. A move is big. You obviously needed some down time. that's good for you, too. I'll take some in a few weeks. I'm pretty sure the next project will start screaming when I do.

Jay Noel said...

Diane: I need one of those!

J.A. You know, I really do think that's part of it too. NaNo sucked me dry.

Laura: Mural on your wall, huh? I do love painting too...

Riann: I will have to give you an exclusive sneak peak since you helped with my rough draft.

Mary: It's all in the mind!

DEZMOND said...

ooh, we do love the sword!

Rusty Webb said...

That's a mighty slick looking cover I think I see under there.

I took a similar break, longer actually, from late Sept until Mid Jan... it was really hard to get back into it. I've pretty much found a rhythm again, but it hasn't been easy.

Brinda said...

I feel like I've had one all of 2012. I plan to push through and feel better about reaching goals in 2013. I signed up for a writer's workshop in Colorado where I'll get to work in a small group on Deep Editing a manuscript. Yay! I'm going in a couple of weeks, and I'm excited.

Samantha May said...

I have to just not look at it for a long, long time. It's usually when I've done that and then I find myself thinking about it that I know I'm ready to get back to it.

Best of luck!

Stephen Tremp said...

Best wishes to Miranda and Wacky Waddles! I'm sending big thoughts her way right now.

Pk Hrezo said...

Nice! Seen Miranda's book everywhere lately! Looks super cute!

Nothing like time away to get me motivated. I always take time off from writing after i finish a story so I don't burnout. Usually after a month or two of watching films, reading books, I can't wait to write again and I'm super fired up. Outlining for a new story right now!

Cindy said...

Sometimes you just have to force yourself and think of the worst thing that can happen to your main character. Then go with it. :)

Jay Noel said...

Dez: I made sure the artist included it in his illustartion.

Rusty: Whoa, that is a LONG break. I thought you just took a breather from blogging.

Brinda: I was just in CO. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery!

Samantha: I guess you just get the itch to get back at it.

Jay Noel said...

Stephen: I pay homage every morning when I waddle weakly out of bed!

Pk: Cool! Can't wait to see what you're working on next.

Cindy: I think I was stuck right at the height of such a moment for my main character. The time was good...gave me the opportunity to figure everything out before writing.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Being blocked - in more ways than one - can be a doozy! My way of getting out of a blockage, besides eating fiber, is to do writing prompts. Writing prompts are a great way to get your creative mind flowing!

Also, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award on my post today. :) Please check it out and find a time to best represent!

Emily R. King said...

I'm glad you're out of your writing slump, Jay! I've gone through those dry spells too. It's always good to get your feet wet again. :)

The Desert Rocks said...

Love Miranda's cover and the sword for your steampunk. Very cool. Slumps in one genre doesn't mean you can't write a poem or perhaps a press release for your upcoming novel. Maybe a book review? (Hint,hint) There are so many things to write that I always have things to do and say....

Michael Ignacio said...

Hey Man! I like how you are adding teasers to what your cover is going to look like. Thats a nice touch!

Mr. Shife said...

Glad you are out of your slump. I have not written consistently enough to have any ideas to help you out but sounds like you are on your way. Congrats to your writing partner, Miranda. Wacky Waddles sounds awesome. I will have to check it out since I have little people living with me. Have a good one, Jay.

Tammy Theriault said...

whenever i start to write, i have to read back several paragraphs to get back into the "mood" of where the story is...dude, your bug eyes are freeeeaky!! love it

Milo James Fowler said...

You know I can't wait to see the whole cover! I've been forcing myself to write lately, whether or not anything good comes out of it. 1K/day, rain or shine, inspired or perspired. We'll see if I can keep it going.

Kelley Lynn said...

I guess I have yet to hit a major writing slump...not looking forward to the day that happens.

But good for you for crawling out of it!

Phats said...

Wacky Waddles looks cute love the name.

Not sure my writing block would be close to the same since yours is a profession haha I am just lazy :)

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