Though I have had moments–and those moments often stretched into days and weeks and sometimes months–of a Dry Writing Well…I should never allow myself to worry about it too actively. I always reach a point where my well is filled again, to overflowing, and I feel that handling the burgeoning water of writing would require me to clone myself. Complete with an inflatable raft.
Like now. After finishing my 13th book, I fell into one of those dry wells, and even worried about it. Yet, here I am with 8 or 9 new books yanking at my head, and I can’t seem to focus on any one long enough to finish it because they all have a voice and they are all talking at the same time. Here’s a list of those books clamoring for my attention:
1. Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of God Cosmology
My very personal, yet timely examination of what i believe, how that’s changed, and why. This one is already about 500 pages, and that’s after i removed half of the content. Now there are at least two more books stemming from that cut material.
2. Somewhere Else– A novel about a walk-in, which explores some esoteric spiritual themes, with generous servings of humor.
3. Another Justice (novel version)-based on my screenplay of the same name, about the violation of a gay woman, and her flirtation with vigilantism and the ethical questions it inspires.
4. Random Act of Blindness (novel version)-an erotic lesbian tale that seeks to eloquently offer multidimensional meat to the this often superficial genre; characters a reader can truly invest in and care about.
5. Quintessence -this began as a short story, then became a novella, and now I am expanding it to novel-length. It entails the adventure of a young synesthete, as he finds himself in an alternate reality, but one of his own. Explores many of our new cosmological and Quantum physics and mechanics-based ideas.
6. Falling Through the Cracks: The Misadventures of No One Famous (memoir)-this was originally written during a time in my past when i became homeless and crippled and I lived in my van, and typed this manuscript to keep myself from going crazy.
7. Chewing Pencils: Writing, Editing & Publishing in the Digital Age – I have learned quite a lot about the craft of writing in the last 10 years, to include the skills of formatting, editing, and typography, using Word. In this, i share those tips and insights.
8. Alliteration of Idiots:� Religion, Greed, and Ignorance as the Triumvirate of Ruin–an offshoot of the above mentioned “Supernatural Hypocrisy.”
9. Cosmology leftovers–people, human nature relationships etc., that i couldn’t’ fit into SH
10. ISO, part 2-as yet unnamed. Dating, relationships and sex in the lesbian culture.
11. Super Futuristic: Changing the Future, One Idea at a Time– a collection I hope will develop from one of my website/blogs in which regular people think-tank their way through this society’s problems.
I have been reading voraciously, and my well is overflowing. It’s hard to choose each morning, which project I will work on. This is usually determined by what is on my mind when I wake up, and what I am jotting notes about before I even get out of bed.
So, I would say to any of you who suffer from writer’s block–the solution is probably about inundating your consciousness with outside materials and research, talking about it with other thoughtful people as often as you can.