Nell Iris

Disconnected

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Hey guys. It’s been a long time since I posted something on the blog even if it doesn’t seem like it at first glance. All the content since December 16th has been scheduled, so the blog wouldn’t be empty and unloved when I was in Sweden. And I’m glad I did, because my time there was extremely busy and I didn’t have time to do anything, basically.

We got back home after 30 hours of traveling (damn those delays!) on New Year’s Eve. 7 hours time difference between Sweden and Malaysia makes jet lag unavoidable, so I’m slowly working my way from Swedish time to Malaysian. And not surprisingly I woke up with a fever last week. It’s pretty darn cold in Sweden (even if it was warm for the season) and my entire immediate family had a cold so I guess it was inescapable.

All this has made me feel really disconnected from my author life and now I really need to get back on track. I took some baby steps last week: I wrote a little poetry, I beta-read a bunch of short stories for an author friend of mine, and I discussed an idea I have for a story with another author friend.

But I still have to sit down and do some actual writing, and it’s hard. It’s like I’m afraid I might have lost my talent during the last few weeks, and have forgotten how to do it.

I guess there’s truth to the old write every day-advice, it’s hard to get back to it once I’ve fallen out of habit. I just don’t know how to combine a busy trip back home to Sweden and still find time to write something every day. How do you guys do it? Any advice for this newbie writer?

Anyway, I’ve made a plan for the immediate future:

  • Edit Unconditionally as soon as I hear from the publisher’s editor
  • Start editing The Locked Room – I actually thought about it the other day and felt excited about it for the first time in months. That’s a good sign, right?
  • Write my next story, the one I mentioned earlier. I wrote chapter one before I left for Sweden and I have a plan on how to continue, but I need to sit down and actually write. So that’s on the agenda for tomorrow.

I guess I know where to start?

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4 thoughts on “Disconnected

  1. I can so relate. Not so much to the traveling part, but getting back into the habit of writing something new every day. I hope you’re feeling better now.

    I’m anxious to see cover art and hear of a specific release day for Unconditionally. Isn’t the waiting game hard? Waiting to read what the editor has to say, waiting to see your cover, etc.

    Yes! It’s time to get back to work on The Locked Room. While letting a story rest for a while, then looking at it with fresh eyes is a good thing, darn it, it’s been long enough! 😉

    As for advice on writing routine. I’ve got nothing. I try to avoid forcing it.

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    • Thank you, I’m feeling a lot better!

      And yeah, the waiting game is hard. But I try to be patient. And to be perfectly honest I’m super impressed with the response time from JMS. I sent the manuscript and within HOURS I had heard back from them. I’ve read other publishers submission guides and it’s not uncommon that it takes weeks and even months before even getting a yes or no from them about the submission. So while I’m anxious, I realize that if I’d sent it to another publisher I might not even have gotten an answer by March. And that helps 🙂

      But I’m nervous about the editor. I try to prepare myself that I’ll get the manuscript back all in red, but it’s hard. I might message you and cry when I hear from them 🙂

      I agree with the forcing thing. But there’s a fine line between pushing and forcing oneself and I don’t think I’ve found it yet. If I force anything my creativity more or less dies, but I think I could push myself a little harder. I’ll have to keep working on finding the balance.

      And thank you for your support, I’ll get started with The Locked Room, I promise ❤

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      • That’s something I liked about JMS, too. The quick turnaround on a decision. I don’t know each publisher’s process for sure, but I don’t picture the others looking at the submissions right away then mulling it over for 10-12 weeks. :-/

        My shoulder is here for you if you need one to cry on, but I can’t imagine it’ll be needed! 😀

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