Thursday Thought: Universal Imaginings

I never used to have a problem with the big nasty that all writers face at some point in their career–the dreaded Writer’s Block. I always had ideas that needed words, stories that needed telling, characters to meet, plots to unfold. And then I…didn’t. I got frustrated. I sat and stared at the monitor. I put away the frustrating WIP, tried to work on other ideas but…nada. So the frustration built. And no matter how hard I pushed, the words just wouldn’t come. Well, words came, just not the right ones. So things stalled. Completely. And time passed. LOTS of time. I truly feared that I’d never find the words. So I started looking for answers, and I found this tucked back in my draft folder:

You can have what you want, do what you dream, and brave what you fear, Silver, if you first see it done in your mind.

Always works.

The Universe

© ®

And truly, Silver, your imagination is world class. Although just which “world” is still being hotly debated.

Once upon a time, I would have agreed that I had a world-class imagination. Lately? Not so much, but still, something clicked with this message from the Universe. So I walked away from the keyboard, the stories, and the words. I quit trying to force them. I did some short 250-word themed flash fiction that really didn’t have much to do with anything but…new words based on a prompt. And then one night, while lying awake staring into the dark, a story started taking shape. The beginning words resonated. And the next morning, I sat and wrote. A chapter. Just one, but it’s the first chapter. And maybe…just maybe, the next 45,000 words will come as well.

Are you dreaming about what you want? Or do you fear it will never happen?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Thursday Thought: Universal Imaginings

  1. Yay for a chapter!! :happy hugs: Fingers crossed they keep coming. You can do this.

    And I know what my problem is – I don’t have any money right now to pay for editing, so why bother busting my butt to get this into shape for the editor? And yeah, I could be writing new words that aren’t due to anyone and don’t cost anything, but I can’t seem to make myself do anything else until I get this done. So, I’m stuck in this weird limbo for a while longer.

    • Silver James says:

      *HUGS* I totally feel that! I’m sooo lucky that I’m a cottage industry and I don’t have to go out of house/family for editing and covers. I couldn’t do it otherwise. I’ll hear back tomorrow whether or not the new chapter/basis for the story will fly. Once I’m past that hump, I should be able to get back on schedule which means I hope to get some of the self-pub stuff done so maybe I can get some traction on those sales. It’s a vicious circle. :/

  2. Dawn says:

    Dream…well book craft store by not sure when..blessings

  3. My words stopped in 2006, it scared the CRAP OUT OF ME. They have always been my therapy spilling on the pages I had been writing since 1980.
    They did come back a year or so later. I thank god every day for my gift of words.
    Sometimes I feel like THE END of the book banner keeps moving farther and farther.And its gets FRUSTRATING. Dayjob gets mentally draining, and Life 101 you know so that adds.
    But I think of how inspiring you ladies are, all the authors at the book signing, and walking into Barnes and Noble, they didn’t let their dreams stop.
    So I keep spilling the words on the pages via the book and my short pieces I post on my blog.
    Thank you ladies.

    • Silver James says:

      Thank you for keeping at it, Kimber! And yeah, when you’re a writer and the words stop? Worst. Thing. EVER! It’s losing an important part of myself that affects the other areas of my life. So glad your words came back! ❤

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