Drying up.

After almost six months struggle trying to get going with the next in the history trilogy: ‘Beloved Warrior,’ I’ve finally had a breakthrough – I ditched it!

I’ve been combining writing with editing all the completed novels. My editor and I have been doing one every six to eight weeks. That was one reason for the struggle with ‘Warrior.’

The other reason was more subtle and difficult. The form I’d chosen for the work was similar to the first in the trilogy: ‘Prairie Companions’; a chronological progression following the characters down a time-line.  That worked well on ‘Companions’ but somehow it was just not working for Warrior.  I managed five chapters over six months and that is snail slow for me.

I can usually do a first draft of at least one hundred twenty thousand words in three months or less. More importantly I was not enjoying the process. I was not enjoying the result either. It was good enough but that is not good enough. I wanted special and it just wasn’t.

I’ve had the distraction of a house move this past six weeks and didn’t write at all. I was bubbling the problem and a few days ago a solution surfaced.

I will scrap ‘Warrior’ and start afresh. I will abandon a chronological progression and use a more free flowing structure based on intense personal character impressions. I will throw way the time line completely and go for a more stream of consciousness style. Trying to capture the huge sweep of the first war and limiting myself by trying to get the history in there was a mistake. I want this novel to be about what it felt like to live through that cataclysmic event. The  history is too well chronicled to need repeating yet again. Free flow picture creation, nightmarish searing vivid events, raw passion and fear and living with that after is what I will go for this time. Throwing away the work I’ve pulled from myself like bad teeth is difficult but required and now I’ve made the decision, I feel liberated.

The other liberation was starting on a different novel. The last of the Daniel series- ‘Trial’ was begun today.  Just six pages in an afternoon but they flowed nicely. Easy and free like I’m back in the groove. I cannot begin to describe my relief.

I’ve not lost it. I’m not blocked.

I’m not dried up!

No more excuses.

The new study


I have been blog-free this past four weeks. I’ve not had time to miss net-world interaction. A house move is too overwhelming of mind and body to permit creative writing.  I’ve felt the lack of writing like a drug withdrawal. Having spent five years writing everyday, I felt bereft.

Getting back into the flow is not proving easy. I feel as if my tools have blunted through neglect. Editing is all I can manage for now – and these few words.

The new house is begining to be made home, as our many-years collection of ‘things’ find places to be newly appreciated.

We now have a study and a separate library so finding peace for the creative process is very easy. One more excuse for not writing gone!

Here are a few images of Glenview. (More can be seen on my Pinterest board.)







With my editor Miriam’s help – the re-issue and re-writes of the finished novels continues. Passion was released this week for Kindle.