ARGH!! That’s me screaming… so as you can probably guess, I haven’t literally lost my voice. I can still scream at my kids (phew), sing in the shower and in the car and in the kitchen and anywhere else I feel the need and I can still nag my hubby, but I seem to have lost my writing voice.
All my rejections thus far (yep, I’m collecting them up) have mentioned that the editor reading LOVED MY VOICE. All the contests I’ve entered, whether up there or WAY down there, the judges have said they LOVED MY VOICE. So, you can imagine my dispair when I’ve started two different mss in the last few weeks and neither have that VOICE I’m getting lovely comments about.
I don’t know if the loss of sass in my mss has to do with the fact that I’m waiting to hear from an editor about whether or not she likes my proposals and which one she thinks (if any) is worthy of writing. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve actually got permission to send my next mss straight to her desk and thus highjump the slush pile and this is putting pressure on that I’ve never had before. What if I botch this chance? Then I’m right back there in the slush pile.
I’ve heard of people losing their ‘muse’ before, but that’s not my issue. I’ve got ideas… but when I go to transfer them to paper (or more literally the screen), they shrivel up into nothing!!
Anyone else ever had this problem? How did you get back your voice? Drugs? Psychotherapy? I’m all ears….