Friday, April 22, 2016

Writers Block & the never ending flow of ideas

     As I write this, all I can think about is the fact, this is the first thing I've written in months. Ideas have been abundant. I've got them scrawled on bits and pieces of paper, jotted down in files in my computer and bouncing around my brain like a loose bag of high-bounce rubber balls. But to actually sit and have the creative juices flow into legible paragraphs that someone would want to read, that has eluded me.
     Ideas are abundant thanks to my recent trip cross country with a few of my Sizzling Scribe Sisters.
We laughed, chatted and discussed books, interests, the state of the publishing industry and more books along with possible future story lines. We spent hours laughing, which was something I desperately needed.
     I think my problem (this writer's block) is caused by thinking too much on the current state of the publishing industry.
     There's a flood of books on the market leading to too much supply overwhelming the demand of the readers. How do I stand out in this market? It's difficult. So many freebies and .99 specials that readers don't buy books when they can get them for free. Yet, they complain about the lack of quality in what they've downloaded. It's the old adage, you get what you pay for.
     In the last few months alone, several good small presses have closed their doors because of the damage this has caused in the publishing industry. Not everyone out there has the professional attitude to become an author. Sure you've written a story, but that doesn't mean it's publishable material. There are steps that must be followed before that upload button should be pushed. First drafts should never be published and if you don't know what that is, then you're not an author ready for being published. Please take the time to learn the craft before you hit send.
     It is my hope that the industry will make a turn around in favor of publishing houses once again. Until then, I'm hopeful that my brain will engage and my fingers will meet the keyboard to create at least one of the ideas looming in the dark recesses of my mind.
Is there a rainbow at the end of my writer's block syndrome? I truly hope so.
I was invited to participate in this wonderful collection of stories. 
I'm forever grateful for this opportunity. 
Available @
My contribution to this collection is titled:
Breath of Luck
When the two most notorious ghosts of the Excelsior take a liking to you, 
it only takes a breath of luck and a roll of the dice to win at the game of love.

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