I’ve got a case of the head-spins (and not the good kind)

I don’t know if it’s the 4th of July falling right smack in the middle of the week or whether I am still reeling at Matt Lauer on Ann Curry’s behalf, but I’m dizzy, guys.  Off-kilter.  Not quite right.

I’m not gonna lie, that last post took a lot out of me too.  I’m happy I shared but it has taken a lot out of me.  So much so that last night I watched Twilight, Eclipse and couldn’t stop remarking on its pure perfection.


It’s no secret that I am up to my eyeballs in writing books – plot, scene, structure, outlining, inciting events, turning points, point of no return.  It all makes my head spin sometimes.  Yet somehow all of the concepts made sense as I was watching this terrible movie.  Not only does she have every element, she totally nails them.  It’s the kind of movie where you just can’t look away.  If you don’t believe me, ask — anyone.  Everyone has either seen these movies or read the books.

It’s also what I want to write – a page turning thriller.  Not with vampires and werewolves, but high stakes and intrigue.  Something that you just can’t put down.  It’s so much easier said that done, I’m finding.  Even the bad ones hit notes that seem to be eluding me.  Am I trying to hard?  Am I getting too caught up in my head?

Or maybe I’m just too invested in this idea of mine.  I might be trying so hard to make it perfect because I love the concept, but it’s not coming together for me.  Should I abandon it for awhile?  Start something else?  Just sit with it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences.

Until then, we are trying to stay cool in the heat and humidity.

At grandma’s house, with pink bowls on our heads

How are you guys beating the summer heat?

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10 thoughts on “I’ve got a case of the head-spins (and not the good kind)

  1. Your brain is on overtime – I’m with you. I recommend: putting the kids to bed (or better yet, letting your husband put them to bed for the night), picking up a glass of wine and heading outside and hearing yourself not think. Let the subconscious rule for a while. After all, it worked for Suzanne Collins, right? 😉

    • I can’t even tell you the smile this brought to my face. Kids in bed, wine poured, about to venture on to my parent’s deck. I need to get out of my head, let the pen rule for a bit (yes, I’m that old school, I use a pen). I guess we’ll see from there…

  2. Keep going. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time you write it. You’re going to go back and revise and revise again, come up with more ideas and revise again. You can do this!!

  3. Oh man, I get this. Totally. I am not writing a thriller, but a love story and it’s do hard to make it come to life like I want to. I am just plowing on hoping it’s better than I think. I also started a second and I switch back and forth. No idea if that’s good, but it’s how it’s going.

    What did Matt do to ann? Tell me.

    • Please! My screenplay is a love story and it is SO hard to up the stakes. You think boy meets girl is simple enough, why do I need to add all sorts of trickery? Anyway I am sure yours is better than you think. And I bet you can rewrite (which seems to be physically impossible for me). You told me about your 2nd project alternating and I am truly starting to think it’s a necessity for me. I get too stuck and I need to just keep writing.

      Oh the rumors between matt and ann. He had her ousted. Didn’t want to give her a chance. So cruel.

  4. I have no advice for you, since I do not have the discipline to write a book. But…….um…..you rock and good luck?

  5. Sometimes I have trouble writing when I’m too focused on the outcome or how it will be received. I’d say try writing with your inner-editor turned off. Even if it’s total crap and makes no sense, just get it on the page and then tweak from there.

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