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What’s Next for the Lady Jabberwocky Blog? (Announcements)

I’m back, writer bugs!

Thanks for your patience and support during my break.

I really needed time to brainstorm ideas and make (evil) plans for this site. I think you guys will be pretty happy with what is to come. As terrifying as it sounds, I’m trying to take blogging more seriously and make my own opportunities.

Very quickly, let me go over what’s next for Lady Jabberwocky.

First off, I have officially upgraded this blog to premium level. Keep your eyes open for changes on the site. Some pages may be under construction, so bear with me. Best case scenario, I can organize all my posts in an easy to access way. If anyone has advice on rearranging posts into sections/categories, please leave instructions in the comments. I’m a lowly writer trying to figure this stuff out, but it is a challenge I accept nonetheless.

Now, in regards to content itself. I’m opting to post twice a week, Mondays and Fridays. Unfortunately, I’m taking a break from Words for Writers Wednesdays. But you can still find them on the blog, in case you need a bit of encouragement.

More posts about freelance writing are coming. I’m surprised so many of you seem interested in my insane occupation. Also, more stories are coming. And who knows? Maybe even a fiction series, just for you guys! Plus, I’ll still be sharing writing advice for all you budding authors out there.

Nothing is set in stone yet, I’m still ironing out the details. Although there are finishing touches to be finished, I am truly excited (and so nervous) for the changes coming to my humble little blog.

Posts will resume this Monday, September 23rd.

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Double, Triple Save Your Work: A Warning to All Writers

Yesterday was a rough day.

An unfortunate event completely sucker punched me in the gut.

But maybe I’m being over dramatic. Here’s what happened.

I went to open the word doc. on my laptop, the one with my work-in-progress novel in it. This was on WordPad, in case you’re wondering. And I opened it, and it was blank.

And I mean blank.

Look at this horror.

blank book

And for the record, it was only this file that looked like this. My most important file is freaking gone. But my old college essays are still there. I don’t understand.

I panicked. As sad as it sounds, I’ve been on and off crying for about a day. I’m trying to assess the damage, and what I lost as I’m writing this. From what I can tell, I lost about 4-5 scenes, probably more. I wrote a lot in the past month, and was making great headway with my fiction writing. I got the ball rolling, and now, it feels like a huge step back. I didn’t think to double save recently. In hindsight, I should have. I thought clicking that save button was enough. Guess not.

At least there is a bright side to this tragedy. I have a slightly older copy of my story saved somewhere else, last updated about a month ago. It’s missing a bunch of new material, but it’s something. Thankfully, I did not lose everything. But, I did lose quite a bit of work, and I’m actually heartbroken.

So, here are my options as of right now.

  1. My tech wizard of a boyfriend manages to magically recover the lost data/file.
  2. I try and recreate about a month’s worth of writing.

I don’t know what’s going to happen. Hopefully, It can be saved. If not, well, I’ll have to work around this setback. I’ll try and bounce back from this, but honestly, I do feel depressed about it. I’m going to curl up in a sad, cozy corner and eat copious amount of food. And think about what I can salvage.

I will keep you guys posted if a miracle happens. If any of you have any suggestions, I’ll try anything, let me know in the comments. And if you guys have ever lost unsaved work, how did you handle it?

Listen, I don’t wish the loss of work on anybody, especially writers who put there hearts into every word. It’s a frustrating and devastating experience. Please, to everyone who reads my tiny blog, make sure your writing is safe. Double save, even triple save, your work. Use multiple accounts and files, also USB drives, whatever keeps your stuff safe.

I’ll keep you guys posted if anything changes. Cross your fingers and toes.

But remember what I said about triple saving your projects.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

 

The 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

Writer’s block happens to every writer at one point or another. It may be a fog over your thoughts, or an inability to focus or just drawing an utter blank. Today, we are going to identify what can interrupt the writing process. It goes beyond a lack of ideas.

Not The Right Time

Sometimes, a story can be like beef stew. Listen to the Puerto Rican for a second, okay? Your ideas may need more time to develop, to bubble and boil on the stove. Perhaps it’s not the right time to write, don’t lift the lid of the pot. You still need to actively brainstorm your ideas until they feel solid and clear in your mind. There’s a thin line between stewing and procrastinating.

Fear

Fear. Self Doubt. That voice that all writers have in their head that constantly remind them of failure or how bad their writing is. “Everything I’m writing is trash! I’m a terrible writer”. That fear will prevent you from telling a story that’s meant to be told.

Trying to be Perfect

You are striving for perfection. Your expectations are high. It’s difficult to achieve perfection before actually putting pen to paper. First drafts, even seconds drafts, aren’t even near being perfect.

Distracted 

You’re too distracted. There’s always something going on in all of our lives. Work, school, spouse, kids, illness. Life happens. Desks get cluttered, brains get full. You’re juggling too much at the moment and your work of fiction takes the back burner.

Unmotivated

Lack of motivation. Loss of passion. The emotional fuel take is low. Even just flat-out laziness. Sometimes, when things feel cloudy, our internal spark has to be reignited.


Getting to the root of the problem may help you find the answer to fix it.

Next post…. How to beat writer’s block. Stay tuned!

What does writer’s block feel like to you? Let me know in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Rainy Day Editor’s Block

On this rainy and muggish day, I am plagued with Editor’s block. A similar ailment to Writer’s block. I’m working on these old stories of mine for some literary magazines I’ve been interested in submitting work to. I’m trying to make serious changes to them. Like the big kind of edits. For one story, I’m thinking of changing things like the central conflict as well as reworking characterization for most of the characters. The really integral nuts and bolts of the story. Ugh. This is where the Editor’s block comes in. It’s that slightly overwhelming and daunting feeling of “I don’t even know where to start”. It can be a stressful task.

 
So I took a break.
For both Editor’s and Writer’s block, taking a break can actually be very helpful. Just stopping for a while, walking away from the project, and collecting your thoughts is sometimes the best thing for the creative process. So that’s what I did. I took a break, had a Matzo Ball soup (courtesy of the local diner) and got comfortable (courtesy of cozy sweatpants). Pausing for a moment helped organized my ideas and really made be focus on the things that need to be focused on in my work.

 
Hopeful I write something good enough to get published this time.

 
Write with heart,
Lady Jabberwocky