You may have noticed my participation on this blog, in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and in returning comments, has been sketchy lately.
Admittedly, I’m emerging from one of the more difficult periods of my life.
This summer, my eight-year relationship ended. This was so upsetting that I found myself unable to write. As you can imagine, this was extremely stressful, given that I’d left my freelance career to focus on fiction. For the first time in my life, I had bonafide writer’s block.
I hated my novel. Whenever I sat down at the computer, I felt nothing but exhaustion and despair. It seemed like every second of the day, I experienced a new emotion.
Finally I accepted that I would probably never write again and started researching potential new careers. And then, thankfully, things began to turn around.
On September 28th, I finished Temple of Ghosts, the third book in the GhostWriters series and the continuation of Kate and Jackson’s adventures.
Instead of the Halloween release date I’d anticipated, the novel will see the light of day in November, but considering I believed I’d never finish it, I’m not complaining. I hope my readers will understand and forgive me.
Severed Press, who published Monsters in Our Wake, my very first best-seller, offered me another contract! Dead of Winter, a murder mystery featuring yetis and probing the dark secrets of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, will be released in early 2018. I plan to hit that project hard next month for NaNoWriMo.
This week, I’ll be one of two guest authors at the League of Utah Writers’ fall conference, giving six workshops and sitting on three panels. While I’ve given workshops before, this is a bigger workload than I’ve ever taken on, so I’m both excited and nervous. There were many times this summer I almost cancelled, feeling it would be wrong to masquerade as a writer when I could no longer write. I’m so glad I didn’t.
At the end of the month, I’ll be manning a table at the Central Canada Comic Con in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As dark as the summer was, there are so many promising opportunities on the horizon. I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and kindness, my wonderful readers, and my amazing friends.
And I’m especially grateful to my partner of eight years, who has helped me through this difficult time and who continues to be my editor and one of my closest friends. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through this without him.
Are you able to write through extreme emotional stress? How do you cope with writer’s block?
I will respond to all comments, both on this post and the last–it just will take me some time. Please bear with me.
The purpose of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.