Saturday, November 6, 2010

Getting back into the saddle is easier said than done...

After almost two years of hiding behind an old photograph, I "came out" at Romanticon...
I admitted who I am, and what I truly look like...all five chins, tiny little teeth, and 75 extra pounds of adipose tissue.  I think my greatest fear was that people would not accept me for what and who I truly am. (Or is that "whom"?)  After all...I am an author of sexy, hot, erotic romance...right?  Am I not expected to be hot, sexy, and gorgeous?  

Well...except for being about the oldest author in attendance, I found that people couldn't have cared less about what I looked like, or what I weighed, or the fact that I cannot wear face makeup.  I was made to feel instantly at home. 

Now...all I gotta do is get back into the saddle with my writing.
I have been in the worst sort of writing slump for the past three months, and I am slowly working my way out of it. While all of my friends have written a dozen books in the past few months, I have about ten on the fire, but none are baked yet. I am working diligently on getting back the spark, and I think I will have to do it the hard way this time...I will actually start a brand new story and dump the ones that have me stumped, leaving them for much later.

Have you been stuck in a rut like I am?  What did you do to get out of it?  Advice, please!



  1. The only way to get out of a writing slump is to write your way out of it. Keep going, Fran! I have complete faith in your ability.

    Great American artist Chuck Close said, "Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work."

    Best of luck!

  2. Fran, I'm the last person who should offer advice but I
    Start a new story in every sense of the word. Lighten the expectations. I struggle with this stuff constantly.
    XXOO Kat

  3. Fran, I'm so deep in the rut that it is hard to see daylight!! I just keep working on ideas in my head and spend time at the computer when I'm able to. My biggest battle is trying not to focus on, and get intimidated by, all of the wonderful authors who produce quality work on a very regular basis!



  5. Fran, you are gorgeous! Don't sweat it and you weren't the oldest author there! You'll be fine - I know it...down times happen. Maybe do a little reading - off topic - to get in the mood. When I'm struggling, I pick up a good nonfiction book, like Into Thin Air - love Jon Krakauer!

  6. It doesn't matter if you were the oldest or the youngest there, all you need to know is that you are a wonderful writer. I read Woman on Fire over and over again, that is how much I love it. I agree with Julia. When I am stuck, I do a lot of reading to get myself in the mood to create on my own.

  7. You were worried about how you look??? You do realise that real women read these books, right? I am over-weight (no I will not admit how much even here), I don't were make-up except for weddings & funerals, & it has to be something special for me to dress up. The hot stories are fantasy! There is no way I could keep up with the guys we all like to read about, much less keep one. And all the pics posted from Romanicon showed large women (authors I am guessing) and the hot male models. My hubby's first statement was "those guys are probablely gay." I said who care, the pics are fun & our money on books covers their paychecks. Fran, you look just like your readers!
    I am not a writer, so can't help with that. but when I am trying to solve a problem that won't come to me, sometimes it helps to look at it for 2-5 minutes then set it aside & do something else 'brainless' for a while. I will sort through/organize the junk room or take a short walk. This lets the "back of my brain" work on the problem while I destract myself on something that doesn't involve my thinking process. It helped when I went back to college.

  8. I'm with you on this. My muse has been AWOL for months. I think she got annoyed because I spent so much time finishing my nonfiction book.
    Now that I'm ready to write romance books again, I'm having a hard time focusing.
    My suggestion: only try doing one at a time. I too have three books of various word counts going, and jumping from one to the other doesn't help. I've chosen one to work on, muse or no muse.
    I take breaks, but make sure I write something everyday that makes sense.
    And, we all look great...young things and those of us who are older than young but much wiser and experienced! HA!

  9. Oh Fran darlin we love you no matter what. We're all real women not Barbie dolls.
    My advice is to continue writing, even if you think it's crap - write..write...write.
    I'm struggling too, but I'm trying to move forward.


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