A Late Night Apology & Update

Good evening (or rather morning considering it’s 12:56 as I write this) to all the followers out there! It is Riley speaking and I come with an apology and some exciting (at least to me) updates.

First, the apology. I apologize a MILLION times over for pretty much abandoning BookingAwesome. I feel like my hiatus lasted about a week, but perhaps it was longer. Either way, that should not have happened and I had no good reason to just not post any content. That being said, I haven’t really read too much over the past week, but I have picked up a new book that I didn’t plan on reading. But wait, that will be discussed more in the updates! Continuing with the apology, I really had no idea that my “muse” for blog posts and writing in general would just plummet this past week. I’m sure many of you can completely relate, and most of you probably saw that hiatus coming judging from my most recent post about writer’s block. Just because my stories are suffering, however, doesn’t mean my blog posts and other miscellaneous writing should suffer. This is supposed to be fun, right? Well I’m going to work more on that! Again, my deepest apologies, but I am back and ready to go!

Now onto the updates (this is the exciting part)! My good friend Morgan (queenofthefantastic) will be joining me on this blog! She has been working on an introduction post for a bit, so hopefully she’ll have it up soon! She has been extremely busy reading all sorts of books, so hopefully she’ll add a bit of variety to the blog. I’m excited for her arrival, and I hope all of you out there show her a nice warm welcome! Now in personal updates, I have started to read Neil Gaiman’s latest adult fairytale, Ocean at the End of the Lane. I am so excited to delve into it, and there will most definitely be a review at the end! I’m eager to share my thoughts with all of you and also get some much-appreciated feedback! Finally, I recently received the list of books I need to acquire/purchase for the fall semester. I am currently working listing them all and sort of explaining the classes I’m taking so I can post it here for you all to see! Maybe once I get started in the fall I can do read-alongs for the different books? Let me know if that’s a good idea.

Well, that’s about all for tonight’s (today’s?) post. Perhaps I will have a little something up later, but who knows? Thank you all so much for reading, and until next time DFTBA!

-Riley

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Writer’s Block is like Tetris.

Hear me out, okay? Imagine a game of Tetris: you are totally immersed and making all the right moves, swiftly dodging dodgy situations and successfully finishing a row. Then, all of a sudden, you make a wrong turn and BOOM you’re stuck. Huh. Kind of sounds like writing: you are totally immersed and making all the right plot moves, swiftly dodging dodgy situations and successfully finishing storylines and chapters. Then, all of a sudden, your creativity pipe stops flowing and BOOM you’re suffering. Wow, uncanny!

Please pardon my sarcasm and don’t take it the wrong way, but I am really just annoyed with the high amounts of writer’s block that have been clogging my creativity. I have had this story idea for the past year, wrote the prologue, deemed it a short story for the purposes of my school’s literature/art magazine, and haven’t made progress with it since. Unfortunately this is not because I haven’t tried. I have probably written around 50 different chapter beginnings, all different, playing with different points of view and starting points, but to no avail. I have tried to “conjure” muse for the two main characters, even resorting to meditation of all things. Neither main character spoke up but instead sat silently in the corners of my brain playing chess and wearing earplugs so as to not hear me calling them. Usually I can deal with writer’s block for a bit and then resume my story and continue. However, this time my writer’s block lasted a whole year and I still have nothing.

Naturally, my response was to start a whole different story and leave the other one behind. Maybe if I shifted focus I would be able to loosen up my creativity scope for the other story. Sounds simple, right? And so far it is (maybe) working. I started this new story only two days ago, so it is still a bit early in the project to tell if any progress is being made. I’m sure all of you know how annoying writer’s block can be, whether you write creatively or otherwise. The idea that my creativity gets stunted and clogged is a bit devastating, but I get sucked into writer’s block with the hope that I can get my creativity back. It’s like the age-old struggle of Mario saving Peach. I am the short chubby Italian plumber chasing my pink dress-wearing blonde princess who lets herself get taken by the evil mutant turtle-dude. Now that I put it into that perspective, I can see writer’s block plaguing me for the rest of my life because Mario never gets to keep Peach for too long. And frankly, I’m not too okay with that.

Do you guys have any tips for lessening writer’s block? I know you can’t force creativity, but maybe you all know a way to kick-start it. Any tips and ideas would be super helpful!

As always, thanks for reading and until next time,

DFTBA!

 

-Riley