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Friday, April 24, 2009

Q&A Friday

This week noodlers have explored what makes a book a good read and how the trends for interior design in the 1970's might not be where you want to go for a little spring DIY inspiration. We also discussed how writer's block and self-doubt keep us from springing forward. Sometimes to spring forward in life, we have to overcome a few obstacles.

What are some of the obstacles in your path this spring? How will you overcome them?



At 8:38 AM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

Obstacles ? Hmm. My own self-doubt. My DDJ (dreaded day job) which sucks the life out of me and takes up so much of my time when I could be writing ! My need to keep going back and revise, revise, revise.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

For me it is my own inefficiency, my tendency to eat up my time doing unimportant things. Part of this, I think, is based in the fear that my next work will not be good enough. That worry just never seems to go away.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

Family. The biggest blessing, the biggest time obstacle.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Diane couldn't have said it better. Inefficiency is right at the top of my list. When the day is over, I think where did all those hours go? I'm a slow writer anyway, so wasted time is a plague for me.

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Christine said...

I've been battling an illness for about 10 days now and it's sucked the life out of me. However, I kept telling myself that even a half an hour working on any part of the MS revision, query, or dreaded synopsis was better than nothing at all. Sometimes I managed more time and I became more productive. I moved forward. That's all that matters to me.

Work can eat into the writing so much. I don't have a DDD (love that term), and I am determined to keep it that way. But I am uber busy with the blessed family obstacle. I try to focus on the dear daughter when she is home and my DH when he is home

I can say that during the illness, I wrote but I didn't clean toilets or floors.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Like Louisa, my worst is my own self-doubt. However, though I really like my day job, it does take a lot of time and energy.

Diane! What?! Are you crazy?! When is the next one coming? You know more than just your friends buy your books, so complete strangers like your work well enough to buy it, or your publisher would drop you. Good enough? Of course it will be good enough. We're not asking for perfection, which is a fickle thing when gauged by human standards. Hmmm... sorry, being good enough clearly hits a nerve. So, no more of that Ms. Gaston. :-)

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Judy, I can say for a fact that you and Louisa have the talent to be published. All you have to do is persist.

And thank you for your confidence in me. You'd think having my Undone estory, The Unlacing of Miss Leigh, as number one on eharlequin for FOUR DAYS would be enough. But your comments are really more encouraging.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Christine, I hope you feel better soon!!!

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Ii hope you are feeling better soon, too. I don't like to clean toilets when I'm well. My husband always tells me he treats me like a queen. (He really is a great guy.) However, I tell him, "Queens don't clean toilets, and I do." :)

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

Ooh. Merrillee that line is priceless! You must use it in a book some day!

Thank you for the compliment, O Divine One! It means more than you will ever know coming from you.

And your books just keep getting better and better !! I am not surprised at ANY of your success.

Christine, feel better soon, dear. Being sick is NEVER any fun!


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