I wish I was a machine

I would say I have terrible writer’s block, however, I think it might be burnout.¬†Really good time for it to kick in (not!). I have all the free time in the world because I’m back in Aust and not working, but I can’t seem to make myself write or edit ūüė¶

I have several unfinished first drafts, that I know exactly what needs to happen. I have them planned out and everything. But it’s like smashing my head against a brick wall. No, I do not want to write, I don’t want to edit, and I don’t find joy from things like reading, playing computer games or surfing the net ūüė¶

I take joy in the fact that the last two¬†years of my writing journey has been super productive and I am really satisfied with what I’ve accomplished. I’m getting to the point where my first drafts are boss ūüôā

But what am I supposed to do now?

How do I break out of it?

When will that happen?

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General update for my other books

I’ve gone and gotten shiny new idea syndrome and have begun a new book, but what about my other ones?

Beautiful-African-Woman-174795229_2560x3835_preview4largeSave One is mostly completed. Need a few more light drafts and it should be ready. I’ve just grown tired of it atm so I’m giving it some space.

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The Things We Do has been submitted to Tor.com as part of a sci-fi novella submission. Practically ready for release, but will have to wait to see if accepted by these guys.

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Jumpstart is also mostly done. I’m also fatigued by it and have started and stalled on the sequel¬†Tune In. I want that story done before thinking of releasing¬†this as part of the marketing strategy for the series.

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Beyond Calico has stalled. The first draft is not completed, but I have a rough outline of the story and need to write it up sometime.

The Chloris and the Electra has not been touched in over six months and I’m not sure when I’ll go back to it. I enjoyed writing what I have and will finish it. But I think it’s only 60% through the first draft. I think I have an idea of how it ends, but that’s flexible.

Overall I intend for the book I’m writing now to be done by the end of June. Then I might move¬†onto another of the others I haven’t finished and try to maximise¬†my time. I’m still heading towards my goal of 10 self-published stories by my 30th birthday, so I’m not slowing down. I’m hoping to have some stories out by the end of the year so I have that to look forward to.

 

New to YA fantasy

I don’t think I’ve ever attempted a YA fantasy before. I’ve don’t a bit of YA and a bit a fantasy. But it wasn’t until last month that I had the idea that combined the two of them. I ran with it and after¬†like¬†twenty chapters am I googling the questions ‘What are the elements of YA fantasy.’

Well, I came across an article that that gives some really good points and I think my story fits in pretty well ūüôā Maybe I need to work on the world building just a tad more because¬†I’m not sure what technology I’m going to include. I’m not sure if I should add computers or the internet yet. This world has TV and newspapers as well as wall phones. Where do I draw the line with what to include and not? As the creator, I can do whatever I like, but readers are going to pick it apart so that I need to have a good reason as to why things are there and not.

Also for a young adult fantasy, I have a lot of adult characters. One half of the storyline are adult characters while the other half is not. The story cannot be what it is without both sides so I’m going to continue with them.