Egads. It’s August. That realization comes with the horrible knowledge that we’re three-quarters of the way through the year and I haven’t finished anything. Oh the excuses! I have birthday parties to plan, schooling to arrange, and a plethora of medical situations to deal with. Don’t worry, I’m fine. There was just a health scare with my husband which led to a discovery of his high blood pressure which he tried to resolve through exercise which resulted in an aggravated sesamoid in his foot. Have I mentioned my husband is eternally thwarted?
How does this relate to me being an insecure writer? During this tumultuous time, I’ve found it’s somewhat hard to write humor. As I desperately scramble to finish Murder Most Fowl, I’m struggling with what typically comes easy to me and have been since mid-July. I’ve made good progress on Isto with the serious threat of monsters slaughtering the population. But with its length, I know it’s not a feasible goal to finish this year. So MMF is slated for this fall. What if I don’t get my humor back in time? What if what I write isn’t funny? What if something else happens to my husband?
I know there’s no point in worrying. Funny can be fixed, and there’s no way to prevent my husband from being the eternal target of Murphy’s Law. (He almost drowned on a rafting trip last month, ended up black and blue with bruises, and got burn beyond crispy in the sun.) In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing the action bits and hope things get better.
IWSG question of the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
The first piece I seriously wrote was called Silver Star Kingdom: Curse of the Fairy Bloodline. It rolled up just under 50K and was pretty much straight telling. I revamped everything about it save for the main character’s name and turned it into what it is today: Thanmir War.
Have you seen life impact your writing? What do you do to get through?