Summer is on the horizon with the summer solstice this week. My steadfast spouse has ended his school year and there is more help in the child department. This should mean more time to write and allow the creative juices to flow. Alas, this is not the case. I find myself with another case of writer’s block. Not so much in the idea department. More so in the motivation department.
Part of what happens in summer is a distinct need to hang out as a family. We like to take the time to take day trips, visit family and just do things that we have less time for during the school year. This summer this is more the case, as my son enters kindergarten in the Fall. I think I don’t want to take away from the precious bit of time we have before school fills his days, and before he grows into a very big boy, with his own social life, of which I will not be a part. Growing up is bittersweet.
The other part is just an innate struggle to get into the story and into the hearts and minds of the characters. In working on a sequel to Buffalo Gals, I have lost my grounding in the setting. I am very much picking up the pieces of Marshall’s decision and trying to draw out what her journey of self-discovery will be. Not easy going. I’m also introducing new characters, whom I want to be a part of this journey, but without cliches and certainly remaining true to Marshall’s character.
I have also started a young adult novel, and am trying to get to know the characters and their motivations. It’s hard to get to know new people, even fictional ones. I want to care as much about these characters as I did about Marshall. Hard stuff.
How to overcome writer’s block? I guess I’ll read my earlier posts and go back to tried-but-true methods. Keeping my fingers crossed and my heart open to the universe.