Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Indie Life, Motivation When You're Not Feeling It

I know I'm supposed to write something encouraging or informative, But, ugh. I'm so not feeling it. Life is complicated and too busy right now, and it's sucking all my creative/emotional energy. And as much as I love my WIP, it feels like a nagging wife. (I once had a writing prof who compared short stories to love affairs and novels to marriage.) So my WIP is nagging me, "Take out the trash."

It's really trash that needs to be taken out because I'm in the midst of editing. Honestly, I need to change my mindset. When the real trash needs to be taken out, i.e. black banana peels are spilling onto the floor, I don't ask myself if I want to take out the trash. I just do it. And while I'm out there, I'll breathe the crisp air and marvel at the colored leaves. I need to remind myself that editing is the same. I have to remind myself how much I love what I do, that when I get into the text, I'll have fun. Yes, it'll be hard work, but anything worth doing is hard.

So, I'm pouring myself a cup a coffee. A large cup. And I'm trying to decide where to steal my writing time. From kitchen cleaning or laundry washing? More likely the kitchen. People in my house get cranky when they don't have clothes.

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

1.Susan Kaye Quinn, Author2.Steena Holmes
3.Claudia Lefeve4.Author Laura Diamond Lucid Dreamer
5.ali cross6.Katie Klein
7.Larry Kollar8.Faith McKay
9.Civil War Horror10.Ansha Kotyk
11.Terri J. Haynes12.The Open Vein, E.J. Wesley
13.Secondhand Shoes, A Novel14.Eclectic
15.Lisa M. Buske16.Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
17.J.R. Pearse Nelson18.Melissa Pearl
19.Cherie Reich20.PK HREZO
21.Victoria Escobar22.J.L. Campbell
23.K. A. Last24.The Murphey Saga
25.Tyrean's Writing Spot26.Suzy Turner
27.Laura Pauling28.C.M. Brown
29.Stephen Tremp30.Jennifer Writes Things Sometimes
31.Capri Montgomery32.Indiscriminate Writes
33.C. M. Keller, Screwing Up Time34.RaShelle Workman
35.J.J. Bonds36.Why I love the indie life
37.A First Look at Indie Life38.Mary Pax
39.Notes from the Jovian frontier40.L.E. Waters~Fantasy Prone
41.The Indie Children's Authors Connection42.Christian Superheroes
43.Ellie Garratt44.Write Me, Kaye Draper
45.Can You Make a Living Writing? (Author Nikki Jefford)46.Michelle Isenhoff
47.Catherine Stine's Idea City48.The Lina Lamont Fan Club
49.Donna Hosie50.Rinelle Grey
51.Word by Word52.Riann Colton
53.Strange Pegs54.Rachel Morgan
55.sarabeth burke56.Writing, the Universe and Everything Writing
57.J.L. Weil58.Meetings with My Muse
59.Planet Pailly: Where Science Meets Fiction60.Janeal Falor
61.Michael Pierce62.S.K. Falls
63.Donna B. McNicol64.Nadja Notariani ~ An Author's Adventures
65.Alki Nea66.Confessions of a Watery Tart
67.Nicole R. Taylor68.MJ Brodeck - Glitter Writer's Book Blog
69.Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning70.Talia Jager, YA Author
71.Hunter Emkay72.melanie schulz
73.Books & Legends by Author Ava D. Dohn74.Laura N. Anile, author of VISIONS
75.Agent 5476.The Business of Being an Author
77.Linda Nelson78.Laekan Zea Kemp
79.Joan Leacott80.joannevalentinesimson
81.Jumping From Cliffs82.Tia Bach
83.R. Mac Wheeler84.Gwen Gardner
85.Indie Pub, Then & Now86.Risa Alden
87.Kelly Steel-Chasing Happy Ever After88.Monique's Musings
89.Julie Musil90.The Notebook Blogairy
91.Scattergun Scribblings 


  1. I hope you find the time to edit! It's not always easy. :)

  2. One day at a time, eh? My soul was sucked out a week ago. Seriously. Then I cast my time reversal spell and sucked it back in. ;) I always find if my soul is gone I need to go biking, running, playing tennis or soccer with the kids. Real life. (Yikes!) Keep kickin'!

  3. Good luck! I know you'll pull through. If we give ourselves time for the problems to work their way out and our muse to kick in with ideas, then it happens and then we're off!

  4. I hear you! Readers keep bugging me about when my next book comes out, but things in life keep coming up that makes dedicating that much time to a new book almost impossible. Sometimes it's good to just take a break!

  5. Yes. People to get cranky when they don't have clothes! LOL! Hope you find time for those edits! (I'm having the same problem! )

  6. Coffee? With or without the neon green scoop? O_o

  7. Sounds like you need some time off! A little break always helps me when I'm not feeling my book-marriage. Hoping that you get out of the writing doldrums soon!!