I’m stalled. I’ve not written much of anything (except maybe a couple of posts for the new blog) for a few weeks now. I tried to do some editing, and managed to slog through a single chapter, but that’s about it. Life stepped in front of me and my good intention mobile and I had to slam on the brakes or risk having everything fall to pieces.
I’d like to thank my unpleasant neighbor for that minor catastrophe. Sandy, I will purposefully NOT dedicate any part of my book to you. Unless it’s a particularly evil character. Evil. Eeeeviiilll. Really nasty.
Huh? Oh, yes, stalling…
So, I’ve allowed the manuscript to wallow in my misery, watched it stamp a foot at my time-wasting talents (I’ve been physically exhausted and using the computer to relax, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the WIP. What a diva.)
Now that the big push is over, I should be starting up the editing, but I’m still tired. Six weeks of non-stop demands requiring strenuous physical labor can really put a kibosh on maintaining an upright position at the keyboard. I won’t even mention how it creates the mental capacity of a gnat. What’s worse is my job will be starting up in a few days, which is also physically demanding, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to put enough coherent thoughts together.
Also on the daunting scale: my big blunders. As usual, time line and calendar are acting as my arch nemeses, but this time, just to make it REALLY interesting, a simple thing like a payday has managed to wreak total havoc on my good editing intentions. While not insurmountable, these three issues are so tightly woven into the manuscript, that straightening them out will have a ripple effect on the rest of the document. Ok, maybe not the rest of the manuscript, but certainly the part I’m working on. Or would be working on if I weren’t so overwhelmed.
So this brings me to my problem of being stalled. Fatigue and tangled storyline. Not just tangled, more like macrame. Only not as pretty. Or useful.
What hits your stall button? More important, how do you get started again?