Friday, February 4, 2011

NoMoJo Society and Contest Winners!

First, a random drawing of four winner for my 600 Followers contest. The winners are:

1. MPax who now has an insufferably cute case of E. Coli
2. Walk2write, who can now share Chicken Pox with her grandson (and not feel guilty about it)
3. Melody, who'd prefer to curl up with a book instead of an infection (hard to argue with that!)
4. Jonene, who earned herself the irritating yet adorable common cold!

I'll be emailing you for addresses soon. :)

Thanks to everyone for being so supportive and joining in the fun.

On to today's post!

Recently I found myself in the valley between finishing the first draft of a novel and digging into revisions.

The runner's high of laying out the story was behind; what remained was the work of fixing all the mistakes I knew I made.

I'd lost my mojo for the time being. Not the Austin Powers type, but that self-confidence in my ability and in my WIP.

Welcome to the NoMoJo club.

Our mascot is the immovable brick.

Our drink of choice is molasses.

Our motto: "Meh."

Have you ever been in this place before?

56 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been in the NoMoJo club for almost a year now! Let me know when you find a cure for that.

lbdiamond said...

In Meh We Stand...LOVE IT!!!!!!

Girl, I'm going to be the first meber of this club, er, after you, of course, Pres!!!

I just *know* you'll get your mojo back!!! :D

Jess said...

"Our mascot is the immovable brick."--HA- Love it! And yes, I think I may have visited that place a time or two :)

Congrats to the winners of the 600-follower contest!

Melissa said...

I was there for the last two months!! I've just started getting into the revisions on my novel now. You can pull through!!

Congrats to the winners!

Liza said...

Molasses! That's what's been dragging at my feet! Yea. I'm there.

N. R. Williams said...

You are too funny. I loved this.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No Meh here!
And congratulations to the infected! I mean winners.

Angela Felsted said...

Congratulations on 600 followers, and congrats to the winners too. Speaking of winners, you won Frank Beddor's Looking Glass series. So send me your address and I'll send you the books. ;D

Porky said...

The thing about loss of mojo is that it might be possible to keep going, but without the verve. Better to give it time to pass, move on to something different for a while and get the pasion back. The mood could even be used for criticism of the WIP, constructive of course!

Christine Fonseca said...

Dude, I am the QUEEN of Meh at times! HUGS

Kelly said...

Yes, been there! Put it aside a few days. Take a break from writing or do some poetry or short story!
Congrats to the contest winners! Fun contest, Lydia!

Jen Daiker said...

Not the Austin Powers type... hehe you had me cracking up!!!!

PS I love your profile photo... is that a picture of you?! Did someone take it?! I love it!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes. I hate it. I never want to visit it again.

The only thing I can say is give it a day. Two. No more than a week. Then make yourself work on it for a few minutes at a time and gradually increase the time you force yourself to sit and stare at the words you've written. It really doesn't take too long to get your groove back [borrowing those words I wish I'd written].

Old Kitty said...

I think I'm in it now!!! :-)

I think maybe a nice evening out (or in!!) with some pampering is in order! Yay for you!!!! I think writers give themselves such a hard time even if they've achieved so so so much!! So well done you!!!!

Congratulations to the winners!!
Take care
x

salarsenッ said...

Take a step back and breath. Even write something just for fun. I've been in a slump for over a month. Never happened to me before. But it's my own fault. I've been stressing over my new plot which had dampened my creativity. Just yesterday I threw up my hands and guess what? I had a break-through in the main plot. It's not perfect yet, but it's movement.

Be easier on yourself. It will all work out.

Congrats winners!

Em said...

Congrats to the winners!

Yup, been there. And I have to agree, the only way out is through. I take between a week and a month between writing and rewriting. That whole distance thing. Then, if I haven't stepped up, I force myself to step up.

I also find it helpful to print out a copy. It's easy to be resistant to this over ecological reasons, but there really isn't a way to get around it. Once the first draft is done, the hard copy helps me think, gives me something to sit with and put a pen on, helps make the fact that this is something worth doing. It's real, it's a book, now all I need to do is make it a better book.

BECKY said...

Oh yeah! I get stuck there, too. I read somewhere (and wish I could say who wrote it)something about when you're suffering from that lack of confidence, go ahead and give in to it for a little while. Write to yourself! Write: You suck! Your writing stinks!etc.Just get it all out of your system. And then you'll begin to fight back.. It DID help!

Melissa Gill said...

I am SO THERE! I finished my WIP at the end of NaNo (November). Took the month of December off to let it sit, (goody for me). Now it's February, and I've yet to make any clear progress. I've done some work on it, but if you make that molasses in January, you'll have the picture.

I joined a twitter challenge to write 10,000 words this weekend. If I can get half that done on revisions I'll be thrilled.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Congrats to the winners.

jbchicoine said...

Oh. Yeah! and it's tricky business getting out of it, especially in February, the Molasses Month...

Heather said...

I have been there but oddly it's the writing process that does that to me, not the editing. I must be wired funny.

Naomi Ruth said...

Oh yeah. I'm definitely here right now. *raises cup of molasses* I love that term, NoMoJo. So appropriate. *nods head* *nudges brick*

Connie said...

Oh, yes, I'm there too.

Sarah said...

Our motto "meh". Heh. Love it!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats to the winners!

Love the motto!

Meredith said...

I feel like I'm there so often! I'm pulling my way out of it these days, but I know I'll be back soon!

Chris Phillips said...

No. I have a ridiculous amount of mojo.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats to the winners.

Have a good week-end;
Yvonne.

Abby Minard said...

Dude, I'm there. It's so daunting to look at that huge stack of pages with the markups all over them, waiting to be fixed. It's slow going, but I'm plowing through. Definitely not as fast as I was when writing the thing. But I feel pretty steady with it. It'll get done someday ;p Keep your head up, if you do a little each day, it'll start to make a difference. Good luck with revisions!

Melody said...

I won? I won! :D My day...is made! :)

Also, I should most definitely join the NoMoJo Society, because I've pretty much lived there. It takes a lot of mental 'psyching up' to dive in and edit again. le sigh. But I'm almost done! :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Faith said...

I'm *constantly* in that place... which is probably why I have written four books and fully edited none. And why I feel so stalled with my writing career. *sigh* I wish I knew how to break that 'meh' barrier!

Nas Dean said...

Congratulations to the winners!

RosieC said...

Congratulations to the winners.

Yeah, the NoMoJo club gets me pretty frequently. I keep trying to dissolve my membership and it keeps not working. :(

Stop by my blog on Monday for a special announcement :)
http://eastforgreeneyes.blogspot.com

M Pax said...

Cutest E. Coli there is! Thank you!

Been there. I make a road map then break it down into sections. I put blinders on and go at it one chapter at a time.

Deadlines help. Very motivating. Last year I had one for a conference. Recently, I used ABNA for another revision. It's amazing how much you focus with a deadline.

Now I need to find a deadline for my second novel.

Sarah said...

That's brilliant! Er, and I'm sorry. I was a member of this club for the entire month of January, and I actually just ditched an ms because I simply felt "meh" about it. But now I've started something new and am feeling refreshingly manic. May you find your mojo soon.

Ciara said...

Where is the blog award for this. I'd proudly display it on my blog. Yep, I'm so in this club. :)

The Red Angel said...

I'm a long term member of this club, yes indeed I am. D:

Congratulations to the winners of the 600 Followers contest. :) Thanks for hosting, Lydia!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Emy Shin said...

Congratulations to the winners! I'm so tempted to go out and buy my own little common cold, now. :)

I think I'm permanently in the NoMoJo club -- or so it feels. Hope you'll be kicked out soon! ;)

Colene Murphy said...

Meh. Terrible! I'm sorry!! Hope that lifts soon!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh God yes. It gets discouraging at times, doesn't it. Or maybe a better word would be overwhelming. As in where to start. I've learned to step back and then come back and look at it again. Fresher WIP eyesight, you know. lolol!

I have also learned not to allow myself drown in the details. I take a section at a time. When I think I have it in a good spot, I move to the next. Meanwhile I have several good readers (several who are published) that give it to me straight or give suggestions. It helps.

WritingNut said...

Congrats to the winners!

And yes, I know exactly what you mean! "Meh" has been my motto at times ;)

Stephen Tremp said...

I don't think I've been there before but who knows. Some events from my life are a bit blurry LOL!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have several immovable bricks. When you find a cure please let me know. Congrats, 600 followers is great. You are deserve it. Your posts are wonderful.

Donea Lee said...

Oh, yeah. I just signed up for the NoMoJo club the other day. Can't say I'm enjoying the perks of membership just yet... :) Here's hoping we're both kicked out soon! And congrats to the winners ~

Clara said...

Ha, been there sistah!
Great post, as always my dear. :)

DL Hammons said...

I've been held hostage there for quite some time now. And the bad thing is...nobody is asking for a ransom! :)

Jai Joshi said...

Give it some time and the mojo will be back. If it isn't back in two weeks then take a bubble bath, eat some chocolate and read through some of your previous chapters. That should get your juices flowing. Then get writing.

Jai

Catherine Lavoie said...

I've been an on/off member of the NoMoJo Society for the last few years. Give yourself a bit of time and I'm sure you'll find your mojo! Good luck! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats to all the winners! I was going to say 'disease winners' but it just sounded too weird!! :)

Carol Riggs said...

Haha, love the "meh" and the badge. Congrats to the winners of all that sickness! LOL

The Words Crafter said...

Congratulations to the winners!

And, there's a club? Meh, I don't have enough mojo right now to join up, lol!

L'Aussie said...

Hey Lydia, it is great that you've found your winners, but not so great that you've temporarily lost your mojo. But you'll not be lonely in no-mojo-land. Plenty of us to keep you company!

Congrats, winners!

Denise:)

Dempsey Sanders said...

congratulations to the winners and your 600 followers, great post, really made me smile :)

Krispy said...

LOL. I love the motto for this club. I often have felt the MEH-ness of a situation.

Rachael Harrie said...

Hey Lydia, welcome to the Crusade, fantastic to have you with us :)

Motto, "Meh" - love it!!! Good luck in finding your mojo, I'm in Meh-land a bit myself at the moment!

Hugs,

Rach

 
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