I know you all get them, you must, or you're a fucking aberration. You get the writing blues or that writing angst that undermines your work, or writing process. So, why the writing angst in July? Well, I reached 360 pages of my novel draft The Harvest, but did not finish, as planned. The way my busy schedule is shaping up for July, I won't be done in July either. Still, I had to re-spin that attitude because, despite my doldrums, I have done a lot this summer, not just in terms of writing the novel.
I figured out how to self-publish and got two shorts out; the next one is coming out this week, as soon as the cover is done. I got my editor to copy-edit my work, although I still raze through every version of it, and I found a cover designer who I'm establishing a working relationship with. The greatest writing victory is that I am writing every day or doing something writing related every day. (Summer is proving to be a pain with this heat, but that means I have to adjust my writing schedule and write when it is cool in the house.) I am also revising, and that is a major writing victory.
On a happy note, I finished editing and designing "Wolf Trek", and the cover prototype looks rad ass! (I also had it copy edited, but still keep going over it and finding minor mistakes.) The cover looks professional and captures the tone of the story. It really is gorgeous, and I can't wait for the back flap to get done!
So, all in all, the writing goes on. The negative bullshit attitude must not.
Don't get down. Celebrate your wins. Writing is the real prize, after all. #Resist
Dr. Jesú Estrada,