Monday, 31 December 2007

Gratuitous Professor Hottie pic and end of year ennui

Isn't he gorgeous? I'm trying to focus on him, looking so hawt, as a way to connect better with IN TOO DEEP. I have to say, the Christmas break has really messed up my concentration, and I'm feeling slightly panicked about the months and the year ahead. There's so much to do, and some of it, I just don't want to do but I have to. Grrr... And 'cos it's there, it sort of distracts me from my focus in writing...

Everyone seems to be making lists and plans. Lists of achievements in 07 and plans for 08. I have achieved some stuff in 07, that I'm very pleased about, but I'm not one for looking back, because I always have the spectre of 'you're only as good as your *next* book' hanging over me like a looming black shadow. And that's very scary when, at the moment, I've no idea what that next book might be... and I get awfully depressed when I go to boards and blogs and folk are talking about the multi book deals they have for 08, and the fabulous book ideas that they're just dying to write.

At the moment, I feel as if I've lost some of the joy I once had in writing. And I don't think I'm going to write at my very best until I reacquire it again.

Any tips, writers out there? How do you maintain the magic and the joie de vivre in your writing when it's a job you do, of necessity, to earn your living?

Telly: Numb3rs
Choc/Yummy: Celebration minis
Mood: despondent
Writing: nothing yet
Reading: The Ipcress File
RSI/FMS: achy

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Saskia Walker said...

Despondent?! Do I have to come over there and tickle you? :)

I enjoy my writing, except when I get bogged down by all the internet stuff and end up worrying about am I good enough when I see other people doing so well. Periodically I have to get away from it all, (no internet, even for a day or two,) and just be at one with my own little world. It's hard to achieve, but it works for me.

Ava Rose Johnson said...

I stop and think about why I write.

Would I write if I couldn't make a career out of it?

The answer is yes. And that puts my mind at ease that I'm writing for enjoyment and I don't need the success that I sometimes envy (yes, envy) in others.

I have a passion and I'm very, very lucky to have it.

That's what I do, anyway :)

Georgia Woods said...

Hug those you love and tell them daily how you feel - the years pass faster than you can imagine, and once a moment's lost, it's gone forever. My best wishes to you and yours - Happy New Year!! Peace.


TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

I'm working on the "joy in writing" aspect of life myself. I'm planning to try writing more poetry and some literary fiction and fantasy, just in case I'm in an erotica rut and that's my issue.

Good luck, in any case. Keep us posted.