I’ve had a problem recently. I’m getting close to the end of The Journey of St. Laurent, but I keep getting stuck. I write, rewrite, revise, rewrite, stare at the computer screen, and generally can’t seem to make it happen. And it’s not like I’m writing literary fiction or anything, so what’s the deal. Action adventure pulp is supposed to be easy to write, right? What’s the deal?
So last weekend I decided to give up. Not in the book itself, but I had to stop that staring at the screen waiting for words to type themselves. If only for a while.
I ended up fiddling around on my local library’s website. After all, I’ve never checked out an ebook before. As it ends up, they do have electronic versions of a couple of series that I’ve started reading in years past. Unfortunately, there’s a waiting list for all of the books I want to read. Sigh.
The next stop was the Kindle store on Amazon. I ended up getting the bargain priced first installment to Kim Harrison’s "The Hollows" series. It’s one of the zillion urban fantasy series that now make up approximately half of every retail bookshelf in America. It’s called "Dead Witch Walking," and and it’s perfectly fine entertainment. Especially for a buck. I’m not going to review the book here, but I will tell you what it did for me.
It reminded me what I needed to be doing. And what I need to be doing is reading more fiction. When I read, I get all sorts of creative juices flowing. It helps me get unstuck.
Anyway, I’m back on the writing wagon and this Friday I should have a new chapter up.
So thank you, Kim Harrison. Thanks for getting me to write again.