Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Only a Little Obsession

I have been neglecting my blog, but not because it doesn’t come to mind or due to lack of time to write. I’ve been negligent due to obsession. My current WIP is sucking up all of my cognizant hours. When I’m not writing on it, I’m thinking on it. I go through this with each new story I fall into, but this one seems to be edging on madness.

Is this a good thing? I’ve got three finished pieces, including one that’s in desperate need of editing, and I should be querying them. Sporadically, I am, but not enough to ever move them to the next step. Why is that? I loved the stories when I wrote them, I even loved them through the numerous rewrites, but I just can’t seem to commit myself to time necessary to get their voices heard.

Am I only using this new story as an excuse to not query? Or am I finally writing the one, the story that will be my break through and get me published? I believe I am writing better than I’ve written, and I adore the plot, but if I’m honest with myself, I always feel this way about each new story. Well except for that NaNoWriMo ditty that needs its head cut off.

I abhor longwinded blogs so I’ll get straight to the point. How about you? Do you fall madly and obsessively in love with your MCs? Do you spend your every waking moment, including the ones when you should be falling asleep, imagining ways to make their lives hell?

Drop me a note and tell me about your MC and why he/she deserves the love you lavish on them…


  1. you do what feels best for you!
    personally i go thru phases, edit, blog, query, write new, etc
    cant force yourself to do anything you arent ready for

  2. Hello newbie here and just wanted to say yes, completely understand.

    I think that's your muse keeping you on track. Once its out of your system, you will be able to spread your time out into other things.

    Good luck!

  3. In answer to your question--absolutely. I love giving my MCs problems, or bruises, maybe loss of limb. It's a chance to let the sadistic side out, but only if the story really calls for it.

    I gave you a shout-out on my blog. :)

  4. It's good to get so absorbed in your WIP I think. I think about mine all the time.

  5. Yay that you've been able to swim through revisions. You do what you need to do! We'll be here. :P

  6. Hey, nice to meet you! Yeah, I have one in particular that I just love. I've had her for over 3 years now and I'm trying to get her story down. She's become my muse.

    It's not a bad thing to be obsessed with a wip. It's why I'm down to posting once a week and visiting on weekends...I gotta write!

  7. Yes! I've been known to lavish my characters with all sorts of attention, day and night. But at the moment, I have a book out on sub and for the past few weeks, waiting for news has eaten away at my creativity. Just this past weekend, I've found my mojo again. All that to say, YES, it's a gift and a blessing when you find that sweet spot of a story and eat drink and sleep it. But, don't forget that you have three other stories that you gave the love and now they're waiting to be polished and seen by the world. Don't be afraid to try querying! You can keep writing while the query letters do the work for you.

    People are waiting to read your stories and love your characters, too! Good luck, and happy writing!

  8. Oh, and one more thing, I'm giving your blog an award tomorrow on my blog, so please drop by if you have time! :)

  9. @ Tara you are too wise, don't make me query, don't, please!

    @ Sophie, Welcome amiga.

    @ David, I tend to lop off limbs too, hehe
    Thanks for the shout, headed your way.

    @ M, absorbed, like that's me SpongedRedhead

    @ Aleged, yay, more revisions!

    @ Anita, you are the most awesomesauced non-alien alive. Love ya, trying to figure out the award thing.

    @ The Words. Muse, yep that's what she is, the waskally lil devil..