Writing is supposed to be fun…

… a fact that seems to disappear when you’re under contract.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about being under contract to Pfoxmoor / Pfoxchase.

That’s one fact that I’m ecstatic about, as it means that my writing career is finally moving forward.

I’m complaining about the fact that writing has become less fun of late. Whether it’s because:

  1. I’m now having to treat it like a job…
  2. I actually have to finish the series fairly soon…
  3. I’m getting a little stressed about finishing it…
  4. All of the Above…
… I don’t know, but I’m having an unusual amount of trouble settling down to the  task, especially as I am now writing the first draft of book 4 and still have book 5 to plan!
I could blame it on being ill (Summer Flu), being busy (Scout Fete last weekend, District Trip and First Aid Training this weekend) or being Lazy… but I know it’s not any of those.
I’ve found myself procrastinating on Facebook, Knitting (I’ve almost finished my summer cardigan), making bread, watching movies and writing blog posts when I’m supposed to be writing my book…
…no prizes for guessing what I should be doing at the moment…
Anyway, I’ve written snatches of background for TTATE and bounced around sorting out minor details in the world for it, but Puff hasn’t paid attention when I am trying to do when I sit down to write…
…and keeps on diverting my attention elsewhere!
For example.
When I started out trying to be a serious Fantasy Writer, I created a world and wrote an epic novel “The Kingdom of The Seven Towers”.  After several months of getting comments about it on Webook and Authonomy, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to get it anywhere, so I retired it and put it away.
On Sunday, after sitting staring at my screen for a few minutes, Puff started whispering in my ear about it.  I went looking for it,  but could only find the folders about the world background and the maps.
“Re-write the story…” whispered Puff.
And before I knew what was happening, I’d written 1.2k on the re-write!
I enjoy writing. I really do… but why can’t I settle to what I am supposed to be writing rather than new things?
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On a different note – I thought I would bring to your attention a little competition that “Welcome to Wherever” is running…
All you have to do is write a piece based on four photographs. Easy huh?
Well, the Editor has given everyone two months to come up with something and submit it, so why not let your muse whisper to you about the photographs and have a go?
is the link you need – take a look and have a go!

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