On February 7, when I started writing Circling, we were in the middle of a horrid winter. I was never so happy for piles of snow since I was strapping on skates and skimming frozen surfaces as a child in Rhode Island. Snow days, as I quickly found, are ideal writing days. There is literally nothing better to do than to snuggle up with a laptop and create a new world full of gorgeous, complicated people, who have sex in public places.
Carving out time to write Book 2 seems a bit trickier. Gone are my seemingly endless 16 hour shower free days. And I wasn’t doing any blogging back then. Every evening as the sun sets, it is a choice. Blog or book. Now on weekends the damn sun is shining and beckoning me to do things like visit beaches and climb little mountains.
So forgive me for going light from time to time. Any writers’ tips for avoiding the sophomore slump? How do you keep the writing energy up in the summer? Should I encase my laptop in plastic and bring it into the sand?
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Why not relax a little? Spend a little time dating your characters and making notes on how that feels. Let them date you. Get to know them better so that you can introduce them to me more truly and deeply.
You are always so on the mark. I’m starting to feel as if you might be the moral compass of this blog.
Great post Paige. I find that stripping things back helps for me. I’ll use mind mapping or even brainstorming sessions to just go crazy with ideas, what you find is that it brings your characters and chapters to life because you can develop them further.
Good thoughts Arran. I am nearing the end of your wonderful book. I am going to email you. We seem to have some similar themes in our work.
Thank you Paige! Would love to discuss