Friday, August 13, 2010

The Chasm of Hopelessness and...Vacation


There is reliable window of time where, in this writing business, I lose hope.

It's usually after I've finished a WIP and have started querying, and before a new idea has jelled in my mind.

In that bit of space, I flouder.

I lose hope.

And then...the ideas start to roll and hope once again gushes like an open spigot. (See above. Sorry, I am quite scientifically minded--I see things in graphs sometimes. (*shrugs*))

Well...do you have particular nadirs where hope is concerned? How do you get over it and yank it back through the window it's flown out of?

On that note, which sounds hopeless BUT isn't really, I'm on vacation starting today!

I am yanking the USB connector from the vein in my arm and tossing it aside for a week. Ouch!

So I apologize ahead of time for not commenting on your blogs...I will be back! In the meantime, I'll have some other things to occupy your time here at my blog next week!

43 comments:

Ted Cross said...

Oh, I am splat right at the bottom of that chasm right now. I have edited to death my first novel (still not satisfied) and I DO have a solid idea for the next and have written the first chapter, but I can't get myself going...

Piedmont Writer said...

When I lose hope I clean my house. Especially after finishing a WIP. Struggling to straighten out generally works to fulfill the creative side. I don't know why.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm lucky. As soon as I'm ready to querry my wip, I have two other outlines (fully characterized) waiting for me to start them. Plus I have some ideas for a novel after that. :D

Have a great vacation, Lydia! I start mine tomorrow, too.

Susan Fields said...

I'm actually having the opposite problem right now. I got my latest wip out to betas and then started right in plotting a new wip. Now that my critiques are coming in, I have to go back to the old wip and fix it up a bit, but I'm having a hard time pulling myself away from the new wip. I try to have several ideas brewing in the back of my mind at all times, so when the current wip is done there's another one almost boiling over, waiting to get out.

Have a great vacation!

Matthew Rush said...

I never really lose hope completely, but I was really close right before I started blogging. Then I met all of you awesome people and ... yay!

Today's guest blogger is Ted Cross!

Tory M said...

Yeah, I'm definitely sliding into that channel. Haven't quite hit bottom, but that's because I haven't done the revisions/sent my baby out for rejection (acceptance?) yet. Finished the first draft on Wednesday (same day I found out some other exciting news) and now I'm just absolutely flattened. I usually bury myself in something else (kids, work, you name it), but thus far...nothing.

No solid ideas for the next book yet, but it will come. Unfortunately, I need said ideas to hold off for about 4 months while I finish my master's degree (one paper away from it).

aspiring_x said...

awww man, i'm moody. my hopelessness and hopefulness teeter-totter depending on the day... what can i say? i'm a mess! :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Have an awesome vacation!

Now that's out of the way... Oh heck yeah. The hope roller coaster. You're up, you're down, you're totally exhilarated one minute and completely barfy the next. Right now, I'm on the chilling out on the merry-go-round with my revisions, but I'll be riding that beast again soon.

I love your graph, btw. The Chasm of Hopelessness totally fits.

Patti Lacy said...

May a glorious break and God's peace bridge your chasm of hopelessness!!!

Will miss you at my place!

Patti

Terri Tiffany said...

Enjoy your vacation and time away. I love your graph. I can relate to is so much but when I query I am already on to the next book.

Faith said...

I tend to lose hope when I start editing... I feel like I can never made it perfect enough and just want to get back to my NEW, SHINY idea. Hmm... maybe we can trade some of each other's hopelessness?

Have a great vacation -- enjoy being away from the computer!!! It's tough at first but I think it's good to just step away from it sometimes :)

Bee said...

When I lose hope, I sleep. And then I wake up with renewed hope =D

Alesa Warcan said...

I hope you have a great time off.

When I have a burst of unwanted emotion, I analyse and deconstruct it until I realise that it isn't warranted, after which I can figure out how to better spend my energy. If it is, then I go physically exhaust myself and then think about what I need to do in order to resolve my issue.

By the way, nothing wrong with being scientifically minded, quite the opposite I think... Besides you're also demonstrably poetically minded as well. ; j "And then...the ideas start to roll and hope once again gushes like an open spigot. "

Erinn said...

Whenever I start to lose hope in a project I put it away for a LONG time. I'll either start something new or go on a book binge and read a TON.

Sometimes time away is exactly what you need.

My WIP How to PWN nOObz and Become a Rock Star has taken 3 years of off and on writing to FINALLY get it to place I'm REALLY proud of.

I lost hope LOTS of time and I needed friends to talk me down off the ledge.

If How to PWN nOObs doesn't work out, I've got two other MS that might.

WindyA said...

I LOVE this! I'm going through that chasm of hopelessness right now and I have to say the only thing that really helps is surrounding yourself with awesome supportive people! And once in a while a stiff drink helps too :)

Amie B said...

yep. ditto. same here. though i think my gap is MUCH larger. :(

enjoy your vacation - just make sure you're back in time for my totally EPIC contest on the 20th!!

DL Hammons said...

Enjoy your vacation! Don't stay away too long though!! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Enjoy your vacation! I'm jealous :)

Abby said...

I'm ghostwriting for someone's blog, and I just finished and published a blog post that took quite a while to write.

I have no idea what to do next.

Waiting for the spigot to open again! It was only posted yesterday.

Sam Liu said...

Enjoy your holiday, Lydia, I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time. We all eagerly await your return :D

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Vacationing is the best way for hope to find its way back.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy your vacation!
And halfway through a project is where I flounder and wonder, does this suck?

Cipherqueen said...

I lost hope when I realized I needed to change the POV of my book. And add 30,000 words somehow.

Gosh, 3rd person is so much harder to write than 1st...! (I experimented with 1st on my blog. So much easier.)

Jolene said...

I have to walk away, usually after I haven't looked at something I've written in a while, I like it again.

lbdiamond said...

Have a great vacation, Lydia!!!

Certainly, nadirs abound in my writerly life...I am hopeful when I enjoy the process of writing. I have less hope when I get rejections. Pretty typical. My flotation device is a new WIP. ;)

Kristin Miller said...

Don't lose hope...you can do it! (I fear I sound like the creepy redneck from The Waterboy, but the mantra was spot on.)

By the by, you won Pararomance's first contest! Email me to let me know if you'd like Lisa Sanchez's debut novel or some free Starbucks! (I know that totally sounds like a scam to check out my blog but you really did win! Your entry was picked by Random.org!)

Happy Writing!

Karen Lange said...

Yay for vacation! Enjoy:)

CharTheShark said...

Have fun on vacation!
Haha, I do have that chasm...but it's more like me looking back at my half-finished WIP and looking forward to a brand new idea and wondering which one to go with...

Because I don't wanna ditch and I don't wanna abandon a new fantastic idea.

It's frustrating...*sigh

Donna Hosie said...

I know exactly how you feel!

Krispy said...

I have a general idea of what you mean, but then again, I have so many unfinished things, it's being in the MIDDLE of those sometimes that makes me hopeless. Haha.

Have a great, restful, fun vacation! Looking forward to your return! :)

bluebethley said...

Perfect time for a vacation! I loved the drawing too and all these comments for it shows me how many writers are in exactly the same place -- and we all somehow confront our demons and persevere! Actually I am hopeful on the days the editing goes well and less hopeful when I can't see what's next, whether editing or drafting. Right now I am deep in research on the next two books with one I thought was finished until I was told to chop somewhere between 25,000 to 30,000 words. But I'm doing it! Lydia, you will find your muse again -- after vacation. Write on . . .

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lydia..enjoy your vacation! Looking forward to seeing you when you return.

Vicki Rocho said...

Have a great vacation! Let those ideas come!!

Munk said...

Without down, up has no meaning.

notesfromnadir said...

Lydia,
Of course I know nothing of nadirs, but ask me about Nadir any ol' time! :)

What you're doing is very wise. You obviously need to do this & it'll help you in the future.

But for now, have a wonderful vacation! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Have a wonderful break. I hope you come back recharged.

The Words Crafter said...

I'd like to get to that place! I get low just thinking about all the time I've had to spend doing other things besides writing! Hope you have a terrific vacation. Loved the image of the USB in the vein. Can you find me one that goes from my brain to the computer?

Jai Joshi said...

It's easy to lose hope at any point in this writer thingy we got going on.

The key is to always keep a story going in your mind. Always have the next step ready to go so that your mind doesn't stop and start asking the 'what if' questions.

Jai

Danyelle said...

*hugs* Get some good rest!

Nicole Murray said...

I do busy work that I can see tangible progress (cleaning, organization, home dec thing, family thing...) Successfully completing something I do not have to think too much on helps. So does going back over my triumphs in writing/art. Reminds me that I CAN do 'this'.

And have a wonderful time!

Heather said...

I’m right there with yah. I just found out Friday that I'll be parting ways with my agent. He's downsizing. So I'll be on the hunt again as soon as this re-write is done. I was at the bottom of that chasm for a few days but now I'm getting excited. This will be a good thing. Enjoy your vacation!

Jonene Ficklin said...

I'll miss your posts this week, but have a great vacation. I just got back from mine and am now taking a vacation from my vacation (nerves from hiding from bears). Hopefully yours will be restful and you'll arrive home refreshed.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I love that graphic and I know I've fallen into that chasm before. Maybe the unplugged time will fill your hope tank :)

 
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