I've been dealing with the effects of too many hours at the computer and not paying attention to the signs that my body was giving me. Consequently, I've been shuttling back and forth between the chiropractor and the massage therapist trying to get my body to the point where I can start the process all over again. Like most humans, I don't seem to learn from my mistakes.
The whole problem can be traced to the fact that I've been so caught up in writing that I haven't addressed the core issue; which happens to be...my core strength. The body is like a story. If the center is not strong enough to weather whatever you've put it through, at some point it will break down and lose interest in carrying you to the end.
With a story, your reader will lose interest if your mid-point is weak. A sagging middle is my greatest fear (pun intended).
I have a tendency to drop my characters into the middle of the action during the story's opening and the challenge is always to keep the pace flowing and try to find an interesting way of delivering the information the reader needs throughout the middle.
Personally, I need to do this on a daily basis, both personally and professionally. I know if I exercise before starting to work that I'll feel better and have a better chance of producing something that doesn't end up in the cut file. Maybe the answer is to break up the exercise, a ten-minute walk a couple of times a day. There's always the option of alternating the type of exercise, just to make it interesting.
Today's rant was brought to you by an incredibly cranky lady who has dealt with thunderstorms, no internet connection this morning and a neighbor, who didn't have any excuse for leaving their dog out in the rain to bark all night long. I would have howled too if my stupid human ignored me.
I think I'd like a do-over, or at the very least to re-set this day and start from the mid-point. Last month, I attended the Romantic Times convention and had a wonderful time, met some fabulous authors and collected some nifty swag.
Stop by and say hello, share a tip about sagging middles (personal or professional) or share a memory from the RT conference. Someone who comments today will receive an RT Swag Bundle that contains at least one book or movie.
Oh, about the cover. I used it because it's my favorite so far and has the ability to perk me up:)
Until next month,