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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

Getting back in my head…

When I finished my first novel I tucked it way for a few weeks to simmer and set. Then my break-need set in as well. I’d completely burned myself out. I knew it was coming on for quite a while. Fast forward to a few months later, and regaining entry has proved more difficult than I expected.

There is a disconnection that happens when you leave a WIP to rest a while. The positives are seeing your piece with fresh, often scrutinizing eyes. The negatives–what you see may or may not be something you like or can even use. Not all we create will be worth a damn in terms of publication, regardless of the time spent–weeks, months–years even.

In my attempt to pick up where I left off, many aspects are working quite well, while others, I see now, must be scrapped. I shall need to rewrite my first chapter for instance. A daunting prospect as it has given me trouble since day one. I would scrap it too if I could figure out how without losing needed story elements. It just refuses to roll off my tongue in the right way.  My playlists are providing some needed inspiration and with any luck  will carry me through the 25 or so pages.

Any tips for re-entry after letting the novel stew a while? Ideas to trigger to inspiration?

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2 responses

  1. How to do it? I don’t know about you, but whenever I want something, REALLY want to do something, I will just say to myself – DO IT! No time better than the present. I work out what I want to do and then I do it. Just go for it! Ignore the hard work required and just go!

    November 14, 2011 at 3:36 am

  2. Hahahaha! That’s a good one Leigh. I think it was my ‘Word Count Goals and the Pathway to Hell’ post that addressed this force-it issue for me.

    I can write, no problem, no need to force. But set out an ultimatum and my fight nature sets in;)

    Anyway, the novel is going really well now. I’m planning an announcement soon;)

    November 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

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