It’s a game. A mindset game.

I’m currently writing the second book in the James Thomas series and it’s surprisingly hard.

I can’t find the right words. I’m having trouble getting the plot out of my mind and onto paper (or in this case, my Word doc.). And it’s just not flowing how it usually is.

This is part of writing—I know it is—but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m frustrated, and I feel blocked. But, surprisingly, I’m still excited about this book—I just wish a fairy would come in and write it for me overnight!

Yesterday as I was brainstorming and trying to get all of my random thoughts about this book onto actual paper (I find it helps to physically write things down when I’m stuck), I realized that the problem is me. I need to change how I’m looking at this. I need to change my mindset.

Instead of letting the frustration get me down, I need to get excited by the challenge this book is presenting. And the best thing about a challenge—at least for me—is that it usually forces me to dig deeper and pull out my best effort.

Therefore, this morning post a good sleep, I’m ready to face the challenge head on and tackle this book. Destroy it even. Wish me luck!

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