Lately I feel like I’m stuck in quicksand. My WIP doesn’t seem to be moving. I can’t seem to write past the vortex that is Chapter 17 no matter how many times I sit down at the computer to write.
I don’t think I’ve lost a single pound after three weeks of P90X. Seriously. I’m bound to be one of those exceptions to the weight-loss guru’s program rule.
It’s easy to succumb to the sinking feeling. My brother-in-law asked me yesterday if I’d been writing through the rainstorm pummeling Northern Cali. I hadn’t. It was unusual to say the least…rain is where I get my inspiration most days. It cleanses the grog in my brain and refreshes my muse.
It’s easy to get stuck fifty pages from the end and dwell on the fact that all the words coming out are garbage. They really are garbage. (And I’m not looking for external reinforcement here because, trust me, I know what I’m capable of and the new stuff I’ve written is far from it.)
But I realized something this afternoon. I took a huge nap (way abnormal) caught up on my sleep hiatus (Hubby’s office Christmas party last night–waaay too much fun) and woke up with all sorts of writing energy. I made a mocha and typed away while Tank and Princess watched Shrek 4. (Oh, I know the mocha might have something to do with the weight-loss thing, but everyone needs a splurge or two.)
I checked my word count before starting edits: 68,000 words. I didn’t type a single thing onto dreaded and empty Chapter 17, page 1. I edited Chapter 15-16 to the point of Immortal Delirium. When I reached the end of Chapter 16, I rechecked the word count: 70,000.
I actually managed to edit…I mean write 2K without meaning to? Cool concept.
I took my measurements. In three weeks on the P90X program I’ve lost 3/4 of an inch on each thigh, an inch on my waist and 1 3/4 inches off my lower abs. (I’d weigh myself but my scale is currently in the garage being used to weigh Mustang parts…don’t ask.) I lost something. May or may not be weight, but my jeans are fitting more loosely and the inches are melting off. Pretty cool.
I realized that even though I feel like I’m standing still, I’m really not. I’m sweating. I’m getting healthy. My body is changing for the better. I’m editing. I’m perfecting my craft. I’m learning how to write through those wicked, wicked, doldrums (IHATETHEMIHATETHEMIHATETHEM!!!) I’m learning that writing as a career isn’t all roses and flowing inspiration.
Muses really do dry up, even in rainstorms that last for weeks. And weight really does come off with hard work, even if you can’t prove it. I’ve just realized that if I stop focusing on the struggle and focus more on the slow and steady process, the work is getting done.
I’m a happy girl. *grin