Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Perhaps that title should be my writing motto…but I’ve always been the fast and obsessive type.  J  Some weeks, when staying up way past my bedtime and letting my house go to shambles, I think to myself, I really need to exercise moderation.  But when you’re on a roll, how can you stop yourself?  I recently read a post from a fellow author’s (Angie Ledbetter) blog that spoke of searching for balance.  I need some of that.  Searching For Balance

 Some weeks I experience the opposite problem where I can’t drag a single new thought out of my head.  Those are the weeks when I relentlessly edit (because there is always editing to do).  But if my “writer’s block” persists for more than a week, I begin to panic.  I found an article on overcoming writer’s block that helped me a lot.  Ten Tips for Writer's Block    

So, Terri asked me how my writing was going this week (thanks for the interest, by the way) and to answer her question, in a very long winded way (I'm a writer, did anyone really expect me to just say, 'fine, thank you').  I’m in a fast and obsessive downward spiral.  The end is near.  I wrote about 10,000 words last week.  Balance, Kasie, balance.    


  1. I am impressed that you are writing a book and still keeping up with your blog. I know you are a good mom too, so you must be doing better at balancing than you thought.

  2. My house wishes you were right. :) But thanks for the confidence, Aubrey. Love you.

  3. Hey, who needs balance if they can get that kind of word count done regularly? ;) Thanks for the YOG Blog mention. I like your place here.

    PS. I'm way older than you. Don't worry about the house being messy. True friends don't care. You can clean when you're old and retired! (Or request maid service coupons for Christmas!) hehe

  4. Write Write and Write....all the cliche's hold true: never give up. Write as much as you can. Read read read. Don't let anyone talk you out of your dream. Don't listen to negativity...and Visit good blogs with wonderful people like Angie (laugh)...

    (and I've read some crap myself - then felt like throwing the book across the room! argh! *laugh*)

    good luck!

  5. Angie-thanks for giving me permission to be obsessive, I was just settling in to try your balance thing out. LOL And by the way, I don't know about WAY older, but I'm glad the house work can wait, because I'm certainly not doing it.

    Kathryn-I love a good cliche, especially one that pertains to helping me justify all my habits. Thanks for the motivation. (BTW I've thrown a few books myself. I'm just ready for people to start throwing mine) :)

  6. Wow, sounds like a whirlwind of writing going on over here! Don't you love it when it just takes over like that?

  7. Oh, I so know what you are talking about!! It's a dilemma for sure! Although, currently I'm on the reverse side. I'm supposed to be editing proofs for a play, but instead my house is as clean as a whistle, I've returned all phone calls that I was behind on, balanced the checking account & written thank you notes that were months overdue!

    It seems, not only can I ignore my house while writing, but I can ignore my writing when I'm supposed to be ignoring my house....does that make sense?

    Squeeeeeeekkkkk....that is the sound of the scales tipping again. I'm not sure it's possible to balance the two - it's more of an "either/or" thing for me on any given day.

    If you can balance it or practice moderation, then it's a neat trick.
    Just keep showing up at the page - perhaps perserverance is more important than moderation. Just my two cents. good luck! Cher

  8. Cheryl,
    LOL. It's nice to meet people who understand, like all of you. Two weeks ago, when I was supposed to be editing my book 3 for my sister to read, a friend called and said, "How's the editing going?" I said, "Well, I cleaned my shower, did two loads of laundry, and organized the play room." She laughed and said, "That good, huh?"

  9. The great and rare elusive creature called Balance. Eeek, I've never had it and I think I've given up on every achieving it. Yikes!

  10. You wrote a lot!! What are you working on--what genre? Keep it up!! I too have days when I can't think if a thing and clean my house for inspiration!

  11. I am working on a Young Adult Fantasy series.