Guest blog written by, Natalina Reis
I’m stuck! Actually I’ve been stuck for a couple weeks now. The novel I’m writing is not flowing like all my others. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am seriously annoyed and depressed about it, I would laugh. I’m a pantser, who does very little planning and almost no pre-research. When it comes to this novel though, I have planned and researched up the wazoo. My male main character has a specific disability that, in order to come across half-believable, required extensive research. The female main character also needed quite a bit of research, considering she’s a modern day witch and I have no wish to offend that group of readers with totally made-up spells or beliefs.
Then why, o why, am I so stuck? The characters don’t have much chemistry and the scenes are just flat. A lot is happening, but where’s the emotion I normally put into my writing? Where’s the cheese? (Yes, I have been accused of being a cheesy writer more than once.)
I go home from work, sit with my laptop on my lap, and I stare! Literally! I just stare at the screen. If I’m lucky I’ll write a couple words, maybe a sentence or two. Argh…How can this be so hard when I’m writing about a beloved character?
Where’s my muse? What do you do when your muse is vacationing in a much nicer place than your head? It’s lonely without my muse.
About the author:
Natalina Reis wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then, she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes. She is the author of We Will Always Have the Closet (romantic suspense), Desert Jewel (romantic fantasy), and Loved You Always (rom-com).