The laundry is done. Check.
The dog has been walked. Multiple times. Check.
I baked cookies. Check.
Hmm...it's probably too early to decorate for Christmas...
Blog written ahead of schedule. Check.
WIP (work in progress) file remains unopened. Bad. Very bad.
Based on the above, I fear I'm in a major slump! When I'd rather clean than write, something is seriously wrong. It's September--prime writing time at the boat ramp after the crowds have departed Tahoe. Yet I battle to force out 500 words during my 8 hour shift. This. Is. Not. Normal.
I don't slump. I write. I need a serious kick in the butt to get me back on track.
Let's examine possible causes.
NO CONTRACT/DEADLINE. I've had a deadline for the last 10 books I've written. It motivates me to know I'd better have my book finished by (insert date) or else! I was always afraid to find out what would happen if I didn't get it done. Also, when I say I'm going to do something, I do it.
NO MOTIVATION. Is there something wrong with this book? I thought the plot was original, but I'm struggling with it. I like my characters, but my heroine lost her memory. She doesn't know herself. As a result, I don't seem to know her or how she'll react to things. My hero is a giver. He's a nice guy. It's never about him. He always brings any conversation back around to the other person. So I'm fighting to get to know him. I gave him a red corvette to spice up his personality, but the damn car isn't working for me. It just isn't him. I could use a few suggestions.
This is where you come in. When you're in a slump (writing or otherwise), how do you get out of it? What can I do to "fix" the causes listed above? Just for fun, I'm including the blurb for this troublesome book below. Maybe you'll have some brilliant ideas to break me out of my slump and get me writing again! Oh, and don't forget those car suggestions. Sometimes it's the little things that get us moving.
Riley Adair, a biology professor at a small college outside Boston, spends all her free time in her lab, working tirelessly toward a cure for dementia. When she makes an astonishing genetic breakthrough in memory loss prevention, word of her potentially groundbreaking discovery leaks out, and the consequences turn deadly. More than one party is determined to lay claim to her work . . . or destroy it for good. After Riley deletes all her digital records, the key to her research is locked inside her mind. Until the kidnappers who capture and torture her make a critical error, leaving Riley with no memory at all.
When one of Riley’s graduate students contacts Counterstrike in a panic to save her, the team swings into action. While her rescue goes smoothly, Riley is left helpless in an unfamiliar world, defenseless in the face of powerful enemies who still want the information trapped inside her brain. A second kidnapping attempt makes it clear they will stop at nothing to get those secrets.
Unwilling to leave Riley alone to recover from her injuries while still exposed to danger, Noah Kimball, Counterstrike’s medic and a man fighting his own personal demons, secures her in a hidden location. Noah’s need to help her heal physically and emotionally becomes something much more personal as their attraction for each other develops. But the peril is far from over when unknown enemies close in on them. In a race against time, Riley fights to recover her memory, while Noah fears he won’t be able to save the woman he has grown to love—and know—better than she knows herself.
While I struggle to find my groove, check out my previous books. Info and buy links are on my WEBSITE. Happy reading!