A sense of emotional and creative melancholy set in and I couldn't shake it. I still haven't completely shaken it. This had never happened to me before, and it upset me. Which, in turn, only made the whole situation more confusing.
And, to make matters worse, I missed a deadline. Two in fact. Another first for me. What was most embarrassing was that the first deadline only involved twenty pages of edits. I just couldn't bring myself to look at them. I couldn't concentrate long enough to muddle through the pages.
My editor, bless her, was patient and understanding. I wasn't the first author to suffer a creative block and I likely wouldn't be the last. The second deadline was more disconcerting, as it was for the first draft of the next story in the same series. And I was nowhere ... ten pages at best ... and they were crap.
Fortunately, I'm back to writing again. Not as quickly, or as seriously, as I once did, but writing all the same. So, what broke me out of my melancholy???
My new book cover ... the one for the book I couldn't quite bring myself to edit.
For me, those stages start with the completion of an idea, either in outline form or a synopsis. Because I've worked with all four of my current publishers for quite some time, most often I sell on proposal so all that's required is a complete synopsis and viable date for completion.
Completion of the first draft would definite qualify as the next propelling stage. It might be rough, a bit crappy even, but the words are there and waiting to be shaped and perfected.
Then, the proposal gods willing, comes the contract. It's like an affirmation .... YEAH! They like me! They really, really like me!
Next, is the polish. Getting out the fluff so I can submit to my editor
Then comes the "paperwork" ... the manuscript details (for the blurb writer) and the cover art sheets. I may be the only person I know who loves doing their cover art sheet!
From there forward, it's edits (one round is perfect, two the norm). Followed by a galley read-through, fine tuning edits, and the final read through.
The finished cover comes next, along with (usually) the official release date. This is when the business side comes in with the creation of advertising memes, a trailer, and a page-full of usable tweets and posts.
The final stage is, of course, release day! My book birthdays are usually even better than my real birthdays. Far more exciting at least.
At this point, if we're lucky and the muse isn't on vacation, we start from the beginning and do it all again!
To celebrate the finding of my lost muse, I'm going to give away a digital copy of my historical novella, A Saved Woman. I'll draw a name from those who comment below (please include your email if you want to be included in the draw). I'd love to know what is something that "keeps you going" when you're not in the mood to accomplish a task.
About the Book:
When Sheriff Mitch Logan arrives at the Anderson homestead, he is moved by Katy’s sad circumstances and vows to right the wrongs done to her. Mitch has always shied away from marriage due to his dangerous profession, yet he quickly changes his mind when Katy comes into his life, and into his heart.
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Until next month...stay happy, stay healthy, stay safe and keep reading!