Starting a new feature in my newsletter. If you have not signed up for the newsletter you can on the web site www.tedclifton.com.
Each newsletter will feature an article about the process of writing. As a reader this may or may not be interesting; but I hope it is. First article will discuss writer's block. This is something I experienced in 2016/2017, where I had a long dry spell and could not seem to move forward with my writing. Eventually I pulled out of this funk. The solution for me seemed to be starting a project to co-author the Muckraker books; Murder So Wrong, Murder So Strange and Murder So Final. The first two have been published the third is in limbo.
Writing for me is a lot about discipline. If I'm writing every day my world is working just fine--if for some reason that schedule is interrupted everything goes downhill. There were lots of things happening in 2016/17 that created disruptions and as a result I did not write. Agreeing to co-author was what got me back into a routine; and eventually my writing rhythm returned.
There's not a word for this type of mental glitch for most efforts as there is with writer's block; but I have experienced this same process interruption in other work activities. Personal things, family things, work things, health things, all sorts of stuff can cause the mind to take a break. Suddenly the easiest tasks at work are difficult, it not almost impossible. Most humans are pretty good at functioning every day with minor exceptions; but I think we all experience the effects of writer's block whether you're a writer or not. My solution of finding a different approach to my work might be a solution to the slumps that happen to us all.
Blue Flower Red Thorns. Books go though several editing steps--I think of my books of having four steps in the editing process. BFRT is just completing step two--the longest of the four steps. Of course in this process there can be surprises. So what on the last book took a few weeks on this book could take four. This makes it hard to estimate completion dates. My best guess is a publication date in late September or early October.
Fiction No More. This book is in the writing stage--just me involved, with some help from my wife. This may sound strange to you but I really enjoy the writing of books, especially at this stage. This could be as simple as its just me, but also this is when I feel the closest to the process. I use outlines, charts, extensive notes and lists to keep me on track--but when I'm writing, the story can often change. As I'm writing the characters seem to have an impact on the story-line; so things can change from my original plans. I really do enjoy writing these books, sometimes so I can find out what happens at the end.
Some of the main characters (suspects?) in Santa Fe Mojo were professional athletes. This included baseball players. I'm a big baseball fan. My team the Colorado Rockies were expected to be in contention for the post season this year but have had an inconsistent year so far. But now they are Hot! In a completely illogical way this makes me very happy. Go Rockies!