My daughter keeps insisting that I do my 10 pet peeves of driving, so I thought I'd do it this morning. I started looking for pictures I have of roads and traffic, etc., and when I saw this one, another idea struck, so... Sorry, Sweetie! Pet peeves postponed!
Here's a trip down my thought processes lane. Buckle your seat belts it can be a scary ride.
Red light-->oh, NY-->I love that shot-->stop-->inhibitions-->What makes me stop writing?-->
So here's a list of 5 the things that red light me (There are way more. These are a few highlights.) and how I get the green light shining:
1. Steinbeck--a few years ago when I writing and making progress with a story, I read East of Eden. It seriously stopped my writing cold with feelings of complete unworthiness. At that time it was Steinbeck, but any incredible wordsmith can do that to me, so I try not to read their works when I'm writing.
2. Trying to write something different than what is in me. I write YA. A while back a published author friend of mine was telling me that her agent was searching for novels for adult women--that was what was hot. I started trying to make myself write for that. I got so frustrated that I stopped writing again. Now, I just let the story that I want to tell come out and hope for the best with the agent/publishing side of things.
3. Blogging--I talked about that last week, and I'm controlling that one pretty well. Yippee!
4. Distractions--I'm very easily distracted by so many things that, when I set aside time for writing, I have to eliminate all that I can. No internet with email pinging me in the background, no TV, no children interrupting. That's where the music helps me. When I did my post about music, I was surprised at how many found it a distraction. To me it covers up the distractions. It really doesn't make sense, does it?
5. Plot stagnation--Last year, I got to talking with another published author friend about a story of my daughter's that I loved. She had lost interest in continuing with it, and he said that whenever that happens to him he goes back in the story (a chapter or however long it takes) until the story feels "true" again, and then he picks up from there and lets the story take him in a different direction where it really "wants" to go. And that usually jumpstarts him. This got me thinking about something that I had been working on that had stagnated. I followed his advice, and, I have to say, it's some of the best writing advice I've ever gotten. If my book ever gets published, he'll definitely be getting a shout out.
What gives you a red light? and how do you make it green?