It's been a rough couple of weeks for me as a writer. After turning in The Blue Enchantress, and gliding through the holidays, I set my sights, all sails bursting with wind, to begin my next novel, The Raven Saint, in January. But after four years of writing and six full length novels, I ran smack dab into the giant wall of Writer's block. For me it's less of a wall and more of a mind-numbing condition where my right brain crosses it's petulant arms over her chest and says "You've got to be kidding me! Another novel? Another set of characters, problems, disasters, adventures, victories?" Then she turns her back on me and pouts and I can't get anything out of her for days Now for those of you who are feeling sorry for my brain right now, thinking I'm some sort of creative slave driver, well, I was feeling that way too--at first. I considered giving her a week or two off to go lounge about the beach somewhere (not actually, but in her dreams) but then I was reminded of that one nasty word all writers tremble with fear over--DEADLINE and I had to get tough. June 30th will come along soon enough, especially with two business trips, a book tour, a crazy, demanding family, and various other unknown interruptions comng my way. So, I got out the drill sergeant whistle and I whipped that right brain into shape. NOT. For those of you creative types out there, you know threats and pressure have no effect on creativity. In fact, my right brain huddled in the corner and began to cry.
I'm telling you all this because 1. I have nothing else to talk about, and 2. My block has crumbled. How? Thanks be to God. I got on my treadmill yesterday, plugged in my IPOD shuffle with my favorite songs, cranked up the speed and jogged. I jogged and I prayed and I pleaded with God and I submitted all to Him, and I praised Him, and after 20 minutes (I know I should have stayed on longer) I stepped off a new person. The tightness in my chest had loosened, there was a smile on my face and I walked right back to my computer and began to type. And my right brain hummed along gleefully. For those of you interested in keeping up with my progress, I've added a bargraph on this blog on the right side.
God is indeed the answer to every question.