Monday, March 24, 2014

Writing Funk

I'm not sure if all it's all the marketing stuff I'm doing...or the stress from my day job...or maybe all the looming projects waiting for me to either get started OR finish...but I'm in a really bad writing funk.

We're talking a rut the size of the Grand Canyon.

I'm about 90% finished with my latest manuscript, and that's great and all. But I've been cursed by that blinking cursor at the exact same spot for going on two months now. I was rockin' and rollin' with this novel during NaNoWriMo. And that momentum continued all the way through the first part of the year.

But now I'm stuck. Severely stuck.

In the meantime, I've tried to stay busy and be productive. I've done guest posts and visited other blogs, despite cancelling the official blog tour to support my debut novel.

So while I'm searching for my lost mojo, you can find me elsewhere...

1) I finally finished my official author website: www.jaynoelbooks.com. I wanted to keep a separate site from my blog. It's much more polished and professional. The best part has been working on the "bonus material" on there. My readers will finally get to learn more about the setting of my steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars by visiting.

2) Maybe I'm biased because I do eat a lot of nuts, but I've been in the spotlight over at The Writing Nut's blog all last week. Nutty is running a giveaway, which happens to be a FREE ebook copy of DragonflyWarrior. Check it out HERE.

3) And because Mother Nature keeps teasing us here in St. Louis with only glimpses of Spring before lashing out with Winter-like temps again, I decided to go Under the Tiki Hut. I'm a guest over at the lovely Ms. Kilgore's, so please visit me over there.

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The site is really cool! Like the scrolling of your books at the bottom.
Don't worry, the mojo will return.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Just keep those writing muscles fresh. It'll come back.

Melanie Schulz said...

I've been there. For me a break helps, then it feels like fun again, and not just work.

DEZMOND said...

ooh, you is all over the place, Papa Noel!

Robin said...

Have you considered skipping ahead in the story to a place where you KNOW what is going on? Even writing a little bit of that might inspire you to come back to that blinking cursor. In other words, once you are certain of future events, the past ones might be a bit clearer. Just an idea...

Congrats on your new website! That is awesome!!!

T. S. Bazelli said...

Hey the new website looks great! Best of luck Jay. Any of those things would put me in a writing funk. I'm sure you can find your way out of it.

Tony Laplume said...

It happens. It's happened to me. You'll get over it. You'll finish! You'll write more! Worry about it, but not too much. The words will come when they're ready.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Thanks!

Diane: I will try!

Melanie: I think you're right. Maybe a break will be good.

Dez: I AM!

Robin: I like you're idea. There's not much room to skip around, as I'm nearing the end. But maybe write the very very end to get it going.

T.S. Work continues to pile up...but's that's par for the course for my day job.

Tony: Going to step back a little, like you said.

Jenna Howard said...

Sometimes I give my permission to write utter crap to get out of a funk. I know it's crap, nothing will ever come of it, but at least it reminds me how to write and when I'm tired of writing the crap, I move onto something...non-crap. Because it's easier to come out of writing crap then out of writing nothing.

Plus writing utter junk can be a little freeing. Because who will ever judge it? Not me!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

LOL I get in these kind of funks. It's perfectly natural in my opinion.

Jay Noel said...

Jenna: Yes. Maybe it's time to spit out some turds.

Michael: There's an ebb and flow to my writing...need more ebbing and flowing...

mooderino said...

We all go through these periods. Ups and downs, it'll sort itself out. Just don't exhaust yourself trying to force it.

mood
Moody Writing

Carol Kilgore said...

I like your website. Your mojo will return. Give it plenty of food and drink. Let it play and sleep. And one morning it will wake you up ... and you won't be able to get to your writing space quick enough.

Lexa Cain said...

I enjoyed your post at the Tiki Hut, and congrats on the new site. I'm so sorry you're stuck on your new ms. I've been there, too. Good luck! :)

Jay Noel said...

Moody: It's tough for a Type A to not overthink stuff!

Carol: Why thank you! And I'm still waiting for that morning to come.

Lexa: Thanks! It was fun writing it and tackling a pretty important topic in our world.

jaybird said...

Everybody has an "off" day now and then. Take a break, despite the 2 inches of snow on the ground outside, Spring IS here. It's only a matter of time.

Great website!! Rock on Jay.

Mark Noce said...

I've been in the same funk before. Definitely lay off the marketing. I find everytime I get real heavy into marketing it starts to drain my creative writing juices. It's a balance, but it's always important not to let your writing wellspring dry up:)

Pk Hrezo said...

Hi Jay!
That cartoon is a hoot! Love your website. Looks great and very professional.
I know what you mean with the slump, only for me it's social media. I've been in a real funk and not wanting to go online for anything. I think I'm just overloaded and need a break.
Hope you get your writing mojo back soon!

Crystal Collier said...

Ah, the funk. I stared at the same 50 pages for an entire month. A month--and that was while I was on my game. Thankfully it came to me, when I wasn't pressuring myself. After a month. Ug. (And that was on a 2nd draft!) Here's wishing you speed, joy, and a smooth road from here out. Oh, and let me toss in some cheese. (Can wait to feature you next month!)

David P. King said...

I've pretty much been in a funk this last month, too. Still not quite over it. I blame it on SADs. You'll get the cursor moving again in no time, though! :)

Leigh Covington said...

HI Jay! Just saw you over at DPK's and had to come say hi. Sounds like you've got Utah weather in St. Louis. We're constantly getting teased by spring as well. I know you'll get out of that funk in no time! Like Dori would say... "Just keep swimming!"

cleemckenzie said...

Sorry about the loss of all that mojo. I'm sure it's temporary and closely related to the winter blahs! Here's to recovering all that juice.

farawayeyes said...

Well at least your staying busy. Very busy!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Sounds like a killer case of writer's block Jay, but you'll come out of it that much better. An awesome site Jay and it's a very insightful guest post!

The Desert Rocks & Intangible Hearts said...

I think I have the same funk you do. Great website though and congrats on the novel and everything with Nano too. You are amazing.

Miranda Hardy said...

I love your new site! Chin up! You will get back into the groove soon.

David List said...

I dig the Calvin and Hobbes piece. That's my favorite comic.

Way to go on finishing your website! I like the bonus material section, too! Very cool. I have something similar in mind for Silexare.

If you're in a writing funk, maybe get some pre-gaming done for the A-Z!

Glenda said...

Hello, and how are you? I admire you for writing. Have a nice week.

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