As I went to write my post this morning for Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I was presented with a wonderful 403 Forbidden error. Yay. It seems every few years I lose my site and I have to dig to get it back. As I stepped through the troubleshooting and nothing worked, I relented and reached out to my webhost support. Minutes later, I received an update on my ticket saying “it’s resolved”. Sure enough, I could access my site again. Hmmm. I appreciate the speedy service, though it does make me wonder what caused the issue. If it wasn’t my plugins, a corrupt htaccess file, or permissions… then maybe it wasn’t me who broke it this time.
But onto the post! June was a packed month for me. I took a week off to work on my book and settle my kids into a summer routine. They weren’t keen on the “no screens before noon” rule I laid down but begrudgingly adhere to it, along with the first 40 minutes of screens being Epic! and Prodigy. I celebrated 15 years with my husband in June and went to the movie theater for the first time since the pandemic hit. My friend released her new covers to the world with artwork I made for her. (Please go look!) It’s not the type of art I typically do, since I lean heavily toward my own characters and world, but it was interesting to exercise my artistic muscles as I tried to nail down what she wanted.
Writing-wise, I made some progress. Last month, I decided to split my WIP in two. I transferred 130K to my current working document, pulling bits and pieces from the multiple versions I have of this book. I’ll likely add 50K before I finish the “first draft”.
But the burst effort seems to have burnt me out. After rewriting one chapter three times during my week off and writing a new chapter that I still don’t like the ending of, I have found my enthusiasm waning. That leads to the question of the month.
IWSG Question of the Month – What would make you quit writing?
I think the only thing that’d make me quit permanently would be finishing my series. I’m not a person who writes for a living. My writing goals are specific to a particular universe and characters.
But there are times when writing stops for a while, like it has now. I’ll plug away at a chapter over a span of a few weeks, but my main focus exists elsewhere. I never really quit writing. I need to make sure I have something to submit when my turn comes up for critique group.
Does summer get busy for you? What do you think of Sarah’s new covers? What inspires you to write?