|Where have all my stories gone ?|
I admit I just coined that word because that’s what is going through my head nowadays. Is it just me or is it some sort of reaction to editing over and over ad nauseam?
It is ridiculous how many ideas for plots are flitting through my overloaded brain. And I end up discarding every single one of them. Just when I think I’ve got the one…it peters out. Is this brain drain?
I should be writing a helpful post, but thought I’d share this to see if any other authors have had this happen to them. I have written six full length historical romances – four published with two looking for a home - but I thought I had more to give. I’d hate to think I have dried up.
Is it because nice people ask when is your next book coming out? And I can’t begin to explain what’s going on with me. (And as you seasoned authors know, it’s not always a writer who has any control over that.) Maybe I shouldn’t even be confessing to this as it probably sounds very unprofessional. Still, I’d sure love to get some input from you dear folk, readers or writers, feeling as if I am marking time right now.
I have begun stories and then quit, usually because I don’t like my characters. And you have to like them to stick with them all the way through the novel, don’t you? Unless you’re writing about a spoiled character like Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind. Now is that a germ of an idea? Would you enjoy reading about someone you couldn’t stand…waiting for her to get her “comeuppance”? I’m not sure whether a publisher would.
Sorry for going on so, but I had to get this out of my system.
Any advice, ideas, or commiseration appreciated….
Rita Stella Galieh does enjoy her Etiquette of the Victorian Era fun presentations where she plays the part of a governess lecturing her audience on the proprieties of upper class society. Someone said her acquired accent sounds like the "queen on steroids"!
This is a nice platform to share the customs of the era and it gives a background to her characters and their struggles in that time.
Her husband, also dressed for the period, gives violin renditions. However he is glad when she leaves that peronality behind and reverts to her true self again!
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