Switching Gears

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Hey there and Happy Sunday! It’s been a very interesting week for writing. Recently I developed a terrible case of writer’s block while working on my work in progress. While trying to get past it, I decided to take a look at an old story I wrote back in 2008 called The Awakening. It was too short to call it a novel and for the life of me, I cannot understand nor remember why I made it so short when my full intent was to write a novel. I must’ve been going through something to cause me to make that mistake.

The story is about a family of Vampire Hunters living in Seattle Washington and as I was reading it, I couldn’t believe how much better it sounded than the story I was already working on. So, for the past week I have been revising it to see if it deserves a chance to be published and the conclusion that I came to was…it does. It needs a lot of additional content but it’s very doable and turning into something I could really get invested in. That is what I’ve been doing this past week in addition to trying to find a professional caregiver for my mother. But all of this has left me a bit drained.

I am at the point now where I have very little energy and need that vacation even more. I may put it off for September because my son and I are planning to move, and I will need to do a lot of work to prepare for it. That vacation will happen. When? Is the question. Seems like there’s always something getting in the way of rest. Life happens…

I have not yet decided whether or not I will ever go back to finish the other book. It was getting to be a complete headache and I was at the point where I stopped enjoying working on it. Sometimes if a project isn’t working the way you want and causing you too much stress; it’s okay to put it away for a while and do something else. Or end it altogether. I know I said postponing it was a cop-out in a previous post but there is no point in killing yourself to get something done. It’s not like I have a contract that requires me to finish the book at a certain time. That is one of the good things about being self-published. There’s no one telling you what to do and you are the master of the fate of your own book. People write because they enjoy it, but when it stops being enjoyable what should you do? Should you stop writing or switch gears and do something else? I’m choosing to do something else.

The other story will be told or not be told. I’m letting it dictate its own fate. I won’t delete it. Instead, I will give it some time to simmer and then see whether it’s still worth working on. But I will keep you all informed either way it goes. Have a great week…

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