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Break time is over

I’ve been very gentle on myself for the last few weeks, and it’s probably been close to a month since I was seriously writing. I needed a break from the pressure I was placing on myself, to step back a little bit and take the gentle approach. If there is one thing you can’t do with writing, it’s force it when you’re exhausted – the results are never pretty.

It was weeks before the first new idea hit me, and I did nothing with it – it was enough that it had happened. I didn’t want to write it down or push it into being before it was ready.

Yesterday, I finally got the itch to put words on the page. Then this morning between 3am and 4am words began to form in my mind (sun-touched, hollowed, exposure, dome, Magda), and by 5am, I had a world, a character and an idea. Oh and a title. Everything is falling into place. It’s time to get back to work.

I’m doing things a little differently this time though. After I tried and failed with Saving Tomorrow, I know I need to find a way to stop pressure from building up inside me. It’s all self-inflicted, so I need to stay relaxed and just enjoy each bit of writing I do.

So, I am not defining what The Sun-Touched will be. It will be as long as it needs, no longer or shorter. I will not force it into a box, or get predetermined ideas of length and time it might take to write. I will start at the beginning, and I will write it through, write it thoroughly, and live in the story for however many minutes I get to write a day.

And hopefully this time I can keep myself from getting stressed and frustrated. I think I can, and hope to soon have the words to explain the things I’ve learned this last week about myself, and the way I write. It has everything to do with me getting a new idea and feeling ready to start writing again.

Here we go again, but at a gentle pace, with no restrictions and all the time in the world.

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13 thoughts on “Break time is over”

  1. I hope that you really enjoy writing The Sun-Touched and that you learn to take your time with it and not rush so much. It should be an enjoyable experience, not something that makes you even more stressed out. Just from what you’ve given me here, it sounds quite interesting… I look forward to hearing more about it!

  2. I’ve already congratulated you over twitter, so I will just say that I am really happy that you’ve come round again. Of course, you never really left, the words are always there even if you can’t write them down.

  3. Aww, I’m glad you’ve got a new idea and are just taking it slow. There’s something magical in just letting a story grow as it needs to, eh? Love the title and I hope you can just sit back and enjoy it. ^_^

  4. I love it when you said “live in the story”. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing with my novel without defining how long it will be or what genre it is or what should or shouldn’t happen. Everything has gone into it, it’s as long as it’s meant to be and the whole journey I’ve been living it with a passion and excitement that I had lost.

    Enjoy living in the story of The Sun-Touched.

    1. Thanks, Kerryn! I think this is how I used to write, before I learned a lot about writing and tried to focus on getting it right. This way is more fun, more organic, and probably better suited to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope I get to read your novel sometime!

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