The plot bunnies take over: a cry for help

I woke up early this morning, but didn’t get out of bed. As various alarms and texts from family encouraged me not to waste my day, I wrote scenes from two stories that I dreamed about. I named the files, and created folders with the characters names.

I now have 72 folders.

This is not a humblebrag, this is a cry for help. The plot bunnies are breeding, and they are faster than I am.

I remained in bed, frozen with indecision. How to decide on what was most important to finish? I’m not under contract, I’m not an avid market watcher who will write something because it’s a hot topic at the moment.

I couldn’t get a hold of my mom or my therapist, so I turned to my good friend Google. The first two hits were about business projects, so I clicked on this link and got just what I needed: https://www.writingforward.com/writing-tips/how-to-prioritize-your-writing-ideas

These ideas stuck out for me.

Do it for money: I have no money generating assignments. It’s actually a relief. I worship writers who can get things done on deadline. There is a writing contest with a prize that I want. That’s due March 10. It’s very short, and the excitement I feel about winning overrides this slacker’s fear of a deadline.

Do it for love: I love Diego and his whole family. Though spin-off stories about his father, brother, and cousin are fun, they’re draining my focus. I need to get back on the concept I chose for Diego because his story asks questions that are answered in all the spin-offs. So I need to love him the most and get to know him best. He deserves that much. One specific thing I can do is polish his first chapter. I promised I’d send it to a friend in a few weeks. 

Little things first: that exciting writing contest only requires 150 words. I can do that!

Even distribution: since I decided I want to write all the things (I really want an EGOT for some reason) this could work when I have free time and don’t know how to use it. Not feeling inspired on novels? Outline a TV episode. Not in the mood for research? Write a song.

Secretary (your name here), you have the floor. How do you manage your writing? How many unfinished projects do you have? Any advice for me or other writers?

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Imperfection

Just experienced a huge burst of frustration re my book goals. I’m behind in editing book 1. Not inspired re book 2. Behind on blog posts. Book 66*, my Nanowrimo project that’s been so exciting, seems to be dragging as well. I keep fussing over the same scenes instead of generating more ideas.

I’m also behind on my blogging goals. I did post something (here:https://t.co/lddyZe49CD )It was imperfect. I might edit it, but I’m glad I posted anyway. Perfectionism is what kept me from blogging last year.

I’m posting this too. It isn’t beautiful but it can be done without a computer.

For book 2 inspiration, I’m going to look to Pinterest. There are some charts. My Pinterest writing tips board is public and available here: http://pin.it/e2ao5t1

Any encouragement for me? Do you need any encouragement right now?

*Edited because I updated my file numbering system

Being political in writing

I started to leave a comment on this blog post “Keeping the You Out Of Your Brand,” available here:http://bookendsliterary.com/2017/01/17/keeping-the-you-out-of-your-brand/

Decided to blog about it instead. This is my first reaction, and when I have more spoons, I’ll expand on it. (If you don’t know what people mean by spoons, looka here:https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ )

I’m a black woman with a disability. My existence is politicized. My existence informs my work. Thus, my work is politicized. My choice to write about characters facing bias in school, work, or the justice system are necessarily political choices. I can’t pretend they’re not just because they’re in a romance novel. How can I promote works that wrestle with the ideas and never talk about them otherwise?

After reading the blog post and my comment, what do you think? Leave a comment please.