An Author's Plague: To Write Or Not To Write

I’m a writer, duh, the answer is: write.  Sometimes I don’t feel like writing the novel I’m working on, or the article, or blog post either.  It always seems I want to write something that I’m not currently writing.  An article due today?  Oh, suddenly, I’m hit with inspiration for the novel.
I’m sure it’s a form of rebellion and/or procrastination, but sometimes, you have to go with your gut.  I always let my writing guide me.  I usually know when the right time is to write a novel.
I have been writing Aylin’s story in the “Dream Catchers” series for what seems like forever (almost a year), and I have NO idea where I want it to go.  Maybe I’m just not ready.  70,000 words into a novel and I’m not ready to finish it?  That seems crazy to me.  Usually, this is the time I knock out 30,000 words in a weekend.  Instead, I have been writing an agonizing paragraph a couple of times a week.
I have finally come to terms with the fact I need to step back.  I need to work on other things, like my supernatural novel, “Decaf For The Dead”, perhaps, or more blogging or journaling, or editing.
I want to be a better writer.  I want more for these characters I have created in the “Dream Catchers” series — they deserve at least one movie based off of them.  That is my ultimate dream — turning my books into movies.
I am more of a movie enthusiast than a book nerd.  While I enjoy a good book, I have trouble finding books I love.  I’ve always been enthralled with movies, though.  I know you avid readers are scoffing at me, and I am often afraid to admit this fact about myself.
I even describe my writing as something for people who love movies and don’t adore reading.  Judge me all you want, but I’m trying to be more of a book nerd.  Really, I am.  I just rather be creating most of the time.
Anyway, I am trying to open myself up to more critiques, and want to actively seek an agent so I can reach a bigger audience and eventually make my movie dreams reality.
This isn’t going to be an easy road, but I need to learn patience again.  I am so used to cranking out a book a year, and while that is impressive, I think my work needs a lot of fine tuning.
It’s time to step back and better my craft… and maybe incorporate a little more balance into my life.  I have many passions, and I shouldn’t resign myself to giving one all of my attention.
To write or not to write?  Well, that depends on the circumstances.  I need to stop making myself feel guilty when I don’t want to write or if I don’t want to write what I assigned myself to write.
With that said, thank you for all of your patience waiting on any future novels, and I encourage you to critique my work.  Reviews and feedback are a writer’s best friend…you know, the one you sometimes want to punch in the face, but couldn’t live without 😉


  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.