Saturday, March 24, 2012

Confession Session

Confession Time: So, my plan was to work on writing my novella this weekend – wow doesn’t that sound schmancy and cool? 

It all like, “Pardon me do you have any grey poupon? I’m going to work on my novella.” But then I’m going to tell you that I’m working on a paranormal romance about shape shifters in the Midwest, and it becomes, “Can you gimmie a down payment on a cheeseburger? I’m working on some smut, ya see?” 

Let’s get this straight once and for all; there is a big difference between smut and romance- even if uninformed minds don’t think so. Romance is all about true love, and deep, soul to soul tenderness and magic and rose petals, and sweet, tingly kisses. Smut is not!

So I’m trying to work on my story this morning, and here comes the Banes of Creativity. I can’t just turn on the computer and start typing, God no! I need to get some coffee first (aka writing juice).

OK, got my coffee. Now I should go upstairs and.. but I haven’t had breakfast yet, and you know it’s the most important meal of the day and I want PANCAKES! I should make some pancakes, but that takes effort, maybe I should go out for pancakes? Do you see where this is heading? To the fields of distraction, ruled by the evil overlord – The Distractinator.

So, at the suggestion of my wonderful roomie I made a microwaved egg on toast and got my distracted butt upstairs. 

OK, time to work on the novella..but, but, but what about the blog! The blog is new and shiny and oh so pretty, and fun. Dang. Now I’m confronted with my super arch nemesis The New and Shinies. It happens every time. When I start a project I fall head over heels in love with it, I’m writing long, uncomfortable poems to it, I’m stalking it at the grocery store. But then something new and shiny comes up, like an idea for a new novel, a project, or a blog – ahem. I drop whatever I’m working on, and go after that new and shiny. This has ended me up with 4 rough drafts, 3 outlines and a whole lotta heartbreak in a pear tree. Why is it so hard to stay on track? I want to be true to my project, I want to stay faithful till the end, I love my project, and I don’t want to break its heart. 

Is there anyway I may be granted absolution?


I must say a Hail Muse and then (no matter what Bane of Creativity confronts me) work on my novella!

Hail Muse, full of ideas.
The Inspiration is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst writers,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, creativity.
Holy Muse, Mother of Novels,
inspire us,
now and at the hour of our distraction.

Theeeeee Eeeeeend. 

The past is the past, this is now. So Write. Now.


  1. "When I start a project I fall head over heels in love with it, I’m writing long, uncomfortable poems to it, I’m stalking it at the grocery store." Yeah. THAT. EXACTLY THAT. I think I really need to go say 40 Hail Muses and get my butt in the chair. Thank you for a particularly funny and insightful entry--I think we have all faced the Banes you speak of, particularly the Distractinator.

    1. I'm soooo glad you are enjoying the blog! I hope it helps, and I'm glad to hear that you can relate on this one. The personal entries are the hardest because they are well, personal. :)

      Thank you very much for the feedback, and good luck with your writing!


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