Taking a Step Back

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Happy Halloween! I went to my party last week (my husband and I were Peeta and Katniss!) so it’s not a dress up day for me. My master plan is to hide in my bedroom with the lights all turned off and watch movies all night. I haven’t had trick or treaters the past two years in my apartment complex anyway, so I don’t feel bad at all about avoiding them.

So, I have eluded to my lack of productivity when it comes to editing my current WIP – Recovery. Well, the other day sitting at Starbucks with my friend, after writing the third introductory chapter, and then not having my notebook to reference for all of the information I spit out at the start of the book, I got a bit overwhelmed. I am just not feeling super confident in my story right now, and I think I need to take a break from it. I like the second half of it still, but I need to readjust so many things in the first half, and I don’t really know how to go about it all right now, or what I want to get out of this in general – I have it set up to lead into a second book, but I’m a bit fonder of the idea for the sequel than the first book.

Basically, I’m just all over the place with my feelings for this story right now. It’s my first WIP, and I don’t want to trash it (though that may be what needs to be done in the end) but I also can’t think of any solutions for the problems it has right now. I think I am going to move it to the back burner and start working on my idea for a stand alone novel Dearest EvangelineDo you usually take a break from your WIP right after you finish it before editing?

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2 thoughts on “Taking a Step Back

  1. I’ve been advised in the past to always take a break between each draft, and that’s what I’m doing with my current project until November (which is tomorrow!). I think it’s a good idea because it allows you to ruminate on it and come up with the best strategy for tackling the editing and redrafting. However, it can be a nervy time too, as you might find yourself dwelling on the negative bits – which of course you need to do, but it can get you down if you’re not careful.

    Only you can decide your next step. There’s really no right or wrong choice, but if I were you I’d roll up your sleeves wade in to the editing now. You can fix what needs fixing, even if you’re not quite sure how yet. Inspiration can strike as you go along. Start with those bits you do feel confident about, and that might give you the boost you need for the rest. And that might re-ignite your enthusiasm for this book. If it doesn’t, well, yes you might eventually decide to switch to something else, at least for a while. There’s no shame in that, but don’t give up on your problem child yet. They often turn out well in the end.

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    • That’s a good idea, I’m not a fan of working out of order for some reason, but the second half of the book was really where I had the most fun writing. So it would make sense that it would be easier to edit!

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