Writing Can Be Murder

January 4, 2008

Lollipop, lollipop

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:22 am

      I’ve been having a tough time writing. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve got the post-holiday blues (to be honest I’m blue thru the entire holiday season) or because my insomnia has kicked in, or because I’m light-deprived because it’s winter, or because I’ve got a book out on submission to agents (and a publisher) so I’ve got “waiting-to-hear anxiety” or maybe it’s because I’m starting a new book. Whatever the reason, it hasn’t been easy. Still, I’ve dutifully planted my butt in the chair, even though the words have come painfully s-l-o-w-l-y.

Then yesterday I needed a lollipop. I went nuts looking for a lollipop. The stash I keep on my desk was depleted, probably has been for months, and there were none in my kitchen cabinet, but I NEEDED one. Not for me, for Connie. Because Connie, a character in my new novel, sucks on lollipops all the time.

So I searched high and low for some sugar on a stick because I was about to write a scene from Connie’s POV, and if I had a lollipop, it would be easier to get into her mindset. I knew this would work because the entire time I wrote my last book I carried around a rock in my pocket (don’t ask…).

I finally found a Tootsie Pop in one of my purses, and it did the trick. Yesterday I wrote  1321 words for the new book. Progress! (and a mini sugar high!) 



  1. Glad you found the lollipop! LOL. A sugar high can sometimes do wonders for your creativity.

    Comment by bgardner — January 4, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

  2. Lol. Glad the lollipop helped.

    Comment by Melissa — January 7, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

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