I've noticed a trend on the bloggosphere and around about. The funks are setting in. At first I thought it was just me and I felt bad for being such a bad blogging friend, but I'm starting to notice a trend. I think many of us have hit a spot in our lives/writing/blogging/working/whatever where we're just kinda blah.
I fought it over the weekend and got a few thousand words done on my WIP, but I'm not really happy with it. My CPs have no complaints, but it's missing something to me. Maybe it's part of my funk. Maybe even if it was better than Austen (nope) I'd still think it sucked.
I'm at 55 rejections and 16 no replies. Not a single partial. I think I only had one personal rejection. It's this and other things that are going on in my life that make me question my worth. If I'm even any good. I wonder if I'm an idiot. A dreamer. Nuts.
Okay, I know I'm nuts. Let's leave that one alone for now.
I want to keep going on and on about all the things in my life that are going wrong, but that'd just be a pity party and I hate that. I'm just venting, I guess.
So, this is me checking in on Wednesday. I know my posts are inconsistent, but I blog when the mood strikes. You people with schedules boggle my mind. I'm never good at keeping a schedule or having plans. My plans always fall apart, so I quit bothering.
Side note: Don't forget about my contest. If you don't have time, that's cool. I'm using it also as a way to get myself in gear. I want to finish my WIP by the contest deadline so I can devote all my time to the contestants.
I hope everyone's summer is not as hot as mine has been lately. The electric company is going to LOVE me. I can't wait to see the bill.
Anyone else feeling funk-tabulous? Maybe we're a hive psyche. One starts to feel down and it spreads across the blog hive.
Keep going, girl! Don't give up. Don't listen to your suspicions. They can be misleading. Mine have mislead me before and I wish I wouldn't have listened.
The funk is definitely widespread. I'm feeling many of the same things you mentioned. Here's hoping the clouds dissipate sooner rather than later :-)
never give up christi. never give up.
your writing will get stronger and stronger with every word. trust that you're working TOWARD something -- & that immediate results aren't always the norm.
hang in there, love.
you have it in you.
i've read your work.
YOU CAN DO THIS I KNOW YOU CAN.
Nope. No funk here. It must be you ...
OK, I can't even write it with a straight face.
I'm starting to agree with you on the hive mind thingy. Shit, I dreamt last night I got an agent -- and it turned out she was a fricking crook! Seriously. I can't even pull it off in my own dreams!
The Hive Funk. I like that. I'm write there with you. (NO that was not a misspell.)
I think it's the ecomony and I'll tell you why:
I've queried three books over the past five years, and I got a lot of requests for my first book, which was not as good as the one I'm querying now. Even the query letter wasn't as good. But the economy was better then, so agents were more willing to take a risk. So far, I've had no requests for fulls or partials, and this query and this book are way better then the first.
So it's not you! Hang in there! Keep trying. :)
that stinks about the crit.
I'm in a bit of a blogging funk, but the WIP seems to be going ahead smoothly.
But don't worry, Funks always pass, sooner or later
I actually feel like the fog may be lifting for me. I had been in a funk for what seemed like an eternity.
I decided to start a writing group to motivate me and keep me accountable. It seems to be helping a bit. I just hope everyone can stick with it or I may go into a funk again.
Just keep writing. No matter what, just keep writing. This is what I have learned thus far.
Just keep writing...The heavy darkness will pass and you'll be able to breath again. Just keep writing...
STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!! If you don't I'll sick Tahereh on you. I'm not as bubbly as her, but I am an optimist (at least for other people). SO take a look at your query again. Maybe it's the letter... But whatever it IS, I'm sure it ISN'T you.
Maybe it's the time of year. It's hard to concentrate when it's summer, lots going on, etc. Don't be too hard of yourself!
I feel you hard love <3 I'd bet $106 that agent is hella busy and feels about as guilty as you feel ignored. Keep writing new stuff all the time! You can NEVER know... remember the story of Aladdin, diamond in the rough... ;)) I believe in you!!
Sometimes I think it's a good idea just to blog when the mood strikes. I want to enter your contest but am quite sucky at short stories for some reason!
It's all part of the process. The trick is to find a way -- any way -- to keep going! As long s you do, you'll pick up steam again soon.
*hugs* hang in there! Yep, I think there is a definite Blog Hive. I've noticed we all swell and ebb together--kind of that pull of the moon, synchronized menstral cycle thing (sorry guys, I guess we just pull you with us).
The good news is that someone will come out of it and the chain reaction will pull the rest of us out too. I've been stuck on the last 2 pages for 2 weeks. I need to finish so I can start querying. That way I'll be ready to suffer through the next ebb with all my rejections. :)
Finish the WIP by the time your contest is finish? Wow...that's a pretty big deadline. I think you can make it though...I'm still super excited about that story!
meh, having a schedule consists of blogging one day and just setting them to post other days. You don't need to blog every day or feel like blogging every day.
Yes, the funk. I have it too after losing four consecutive blog contests and wracking up another set of no-replies to queries. Blah.
I've decided to work harder to lift the blues. Make a better query, get serious about starting book 2, and write, darn it! Fight the funk!
The funk is definitely widespread.
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