Writing Tips

Watching Netflix, Doing Research

Working Really Hard

My husband and son are out of town this week, and I’ve been doing a lot of writing, and even more research…er…Netflix. I’ve been watching Netflix.

I’ve been binging Lucifer, which has to do with gods and stuff, and since I write about gods and stuff, I can call it research.

I’ll stop trying to convince you…and myself. 

I think sometimes we need a break — time to refill and refresh. Sometimes I think of my brain as a browser with 40 open tabs. It’s good to just shutdown Chrome every once in a while, you know?

Those of you who have been my friends for a while know that this wave-of-well-water-filling up comes in drips and cycles. Bonus points if you remember the last time I was binge-watching Lucifer. 

For Writers

I have had a lot of open tabs while I’ve been digging into research for my next book series, MYTHWAKERS. The first book is all about the Minotaur, and it is so much fun. The only problem is that maybe, just maybe, I got an idea for another book. 

Spark. Spark. Fire!

You probably have this problem too. Whenever you’re really down deep in a project, something sparks. You get a whiff of another story. And as you open your mind to your current project, the other one starts to unfurl. That tiny gem. That little pearl

Now, I’m the irresponsible one that follows where that story leads. I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner. 

If I was giving you actually good advice, I would say something like…write that idea down on a notecard. Put it in your drawer and tuck it away. 

But I’m not always good at advice. That new story spark is rolling around in my head, digging in its threads and its claws and its metaphors.

It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? I’m not going to give you advice on how to fix it. I’m just going to say that sometimes, it’s worth reveling in all the delicious possibility. 

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