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Exciting News!

Writer's block is an ugly thing. When you identify as a writer, live and breathe your characters as if they were your closest friends, the loss of that escape is more traumatic than the loss of a lover. Since finishing Maelstrom in 2008 I've struggled, unable to complete a work of long fiction. I wrote flash - some good, some just sort of meh, but it wasn't the same. And here lately I've written a lot of poetry, most of it tolerable only because of its brevity.

I've spent a large part of the last two years depressed, going through the motions while I wondered if I would ever have that feeling again of being on a wild ride with my most exciting imaginary friends, thousands of words a night flowing onto the page. I wondered at times if there was nothing left inside to give to my writing endeavors and if I should just give it up and go back to painting, dancing, long course triathlon, or whatever. I even wondered if life itself was worth living, since I had nowhere to escape to any more.

So when a story idea I'd had for awhile suddenly insisted I drop everything and write, it hit me from out of left field. I knew what that call meant, though. I knew I had no choice but to follow wherever it would lead.

As with any work of long fiction, I can't say how it will turn out or if it will be finished at all, but I've written 13,000 words in five days and my characters are still pestering me to tell their story. They whisper when I'm tired and nag me when I have to do the job that pays the bills. They're jealous of my time and for my part I wish I could give them all of me.

Even now, right this minute, they're wondering why I'm even talking about it when I could be writing their story...


Old Egg said...

This is great news. Looking forward to the first episode.

June 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM
peppylady (Dora) said...

Toward end of each month I try to visit some new blogs or ones that isn't on my coffee pal list...I came Alice Audrey...first time I every visit a fiction writer blog. I belong to local writers blog in my community. But I'm long way from even considering having anything published...Hope you find the time to visit my blog and the coffee is on.

June 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM
Jae Rose said...

I think 'Writer's pause' isn't necessarily a bad thing..maybe writing is as much thinking things through as much as ink hitting the page..but you are there..i am particularly enjoying 'Points of Departure'..i can tell you love it..love writing it..long may it be so..Jae

June 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM
Alice Audrey said...

I've been in that writer's limbo many times. It makes me depressed and feeling pointless, too. Yay that you have a new project!!!

June 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

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