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Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Musings: I have blonde roots

I have blonde roots. It’s true. I look just like Leeloo in The Fifth Element - my dark auburn hair is growing out and my blonde roots are showing.

OK, you caught me, I look nothing like her. But hey, you can’t fault me, right? I am a fiction writer, after all.

Why am I sharing this news with you? Because writing is like going from blonde to dark auburn – if you don’t keep on top of it, your roots begin to show. Ignore your writing for too long, and your drive dies. Keep ignoring it, your story dies.

It happened to me. I’ve been so busy with the day job, my husband’s business and all of the other excuses we wives and mothers, sisters and friends use to justify ignoring ourselves and what we need to make us happiest, that my roots are showing. I’ve ignored my writing long enough that my writing has stalled. My characters have quieted. No, they’re not silent, but what used to be LOUD is now whispers. What used to niggle at the back of my thoughts all day – is quiet enough I need to really concentrate to hear.

It makes me sad. But there’s a bright side to it, too. Sure, I have to reintroduce myself to my characters, become reacquainted with them. But is that really a bad thing? I mean, getting to spend time with Noah Clark, Dominic Price and the rest of the band…

Well, there are worse things than that, aren’t there?

Sarah Grimm
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  1. I'm with you on the stalled people. The thing about it that worries me is the niggling fear that they weren't strong enough to start with.

    Great post.

    1. Some days I worry about that, too. This time it's honestly because of work and family.

  2. I hear all you're saying. It's called "writer's avoidance." How do I know??? LOL I'm in the throws of it, too. I've been trying to finish "Jazzbeat of Surrender" for weeks, months. Everytime I hit a problem area, I veer off and write something else. I've contracted two novellas and a short story while I was supposed to be writing Jazzbeat. My agent keep emailing... I keep stalling... OY! Get back into the game, darlin'. You know you want to...your creative soul needs this.

    1. It' definitely writer's avoidance! My biggest problem is that I write best when I first get up. However, when I head straight to work, I don't get any writing done. Then, when I do get home the avoidance sets in as it just feels like too much work to get the brain working.

      My characters have been talking to me like crazy lately - new characters, though. Oy! But in two weeks I drop down to one day a week, so I have no more excuses and can get back to it! Yay!