I’ve been holding off on this post for awhile, just hoping things would get better. Alas, it’s time I step up to the plate and announce:
I’m in a slump. A total writing slump.
I have an original premise. I have a kind-of outline. I have the first three pages (and have had the first three pages for the last eight weeks). But I just can’t seem to… get into it.
Querying is going-*ahem* nowhere.
I don’t usually share stats but I can’t help but feel like its part of the problem. I started querying my third book in late October. So far I’ve sent out 68 queries,
wracked up 34 query rejections
7 requests for material
and 4 rejections of requested material
I’m tired. I’m tired of waiting and hoping. I’m tired of the high I get when I’m writing – thinking ‘no wait- THIS is the best thing I’ve ever written!’ and then the lows that come months later when I realize my best still isn’t good enough.
I know as bloggers, we aren’t supposed to complain or spread negativity around the blogosphere but dammit! - heart break and deception pervade this god-forsaken process like a fart no one wants to admit they smell. And if we can’t be real and just ask ‘who the hell farted?’, what can we do?
Has anyone else found themselves in a writing slump? How long did the drought last? What ways did you find of getting motivated and jumping back into the game? How many metaphors did I just use in the last three sentences?