This is a part of the monthly ChristianWriters.com blog chain. This month’s topic is “Fresh Air.”
I feel like I just came up for air… again.
Last week, I finished some massive edits on Homebody, edits that had me seriously changing one of the storylines. I think (hope, pray) the edits make sense and actually make a stronger story. It’s with one of my fellow CWer critters right now. I guess we’ll see.
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Whenever I finish a project, I feel like I’ve just come up from air after being underwater too long. With Homebody, it’s been something where I’ve been coming back up for air over the last 5 or so years, only to be forced back under again. Then, I escape my captor, grab a breath, then get caught again. Sometimes, other captors grab me, giving Homebody a necessary break, but it’s always something. I have to be working on something.
As much as I love the feeling of being able to say “It’s done… for now,” I feel restless without a project to work on. When I was younger, I’d just switch hobbies for a while. That’s when I usually made something with some yarn and crochet hooks. Now, I feel completely unproductive unless I’ve got something to write. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to crochet or sew again without feeling guilty about not writing. My craft storage box–where I keep a collection of crochet hooks, patterns, and candle-making supplies–hasn’t been touched in well over a year.
I’ve already taken my gasp of breath and dived into the rewrite of my futuristic mystery/sci-fi Cora’s Song–which is going to get renamed, to what, I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll take suggestions.
But, I digress.
As much as I appreciate the ability for some artists to take lengthy breaks between projects, I’m not sure I could ever be one of them. Sure, I’m a sporadic writer right now. It kinda goes with the territory of having a 10-month old and an active preschooler. But, I can see myself being one of those über-productive writers who spend 6 – 8 hours a day writing, and publishing 4 – 6 books a year. I read an article about Nora Roberts a while back. This reflects some of her habits. Totally inspired me.
Until that happens and the kids are a little older, I’ll keep at it, taking a quick burst of fresh air between projects, and diving back into it.
Today’s Question: Do you take time to “breathe” between writing projects? If so, how long do you take?
Until next time,