Writing doesn’t always work out as planned. Sometimes we begin working on a story or other type of project only to find out that we’ve written ourselves into a corner, lost interest for the moment, or flat out don’t like our idea anymore. It happens to the best of us.
As many of you already know, I’ve been working on writing a new novel. I’m going to be honest here – I still love the idea and I’m passionate about it. On the other hand, I seem to be having some trouble getting really into the story. Writing it seems difficult and I don’t feel the same sense of excitement I did when I began. I know where I want to go with the story, but I’m not really sure how to get there at the moment.
A few weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep – it was a miserable night. One good thing that did come out of not sleeping well, however, was a story idea. I fell in love with it right away and all I wanted to do was work on it. I wrote a rough outline of the idea, but I put off really delving into it because I was working on my other story. However, yesterday, I returned to that new idea. You know what? I was super excited to start something new and I still am. I’ve already started working on the new story and for now, at least, I’m loving it! I’m not promising anything, but I think I’m going to have way more confidence and success while writing this – some stories just sing to you.
I’m not saying that I’m giving up on my other story – not at all. Like I said, I still like the idea and what I’ve written so far. I just need a break from it and want to work on something fresh; something I can really sink my teeth into. There’s no point in working on a story that you don’t feel good about at the moment, so I’m going to wait until I have more confidence to work on my other novel. For now, I’m going to put all my energy into working on my new story idea!
Speaking of confidence, I think it is so important to have the trait while writing. You should feel good about your project and you should have a good gut feeling about the story, poem, or whatever you may be working on. If something doesn’t feel right, you don’t feel good about what you’re writing, or the drive and excitement just isn’t there at the moment, then it’s okay to take a break and look at your options. If you really don’t like what you’re writing anymore and don’t want to continue working on it or ever come back to it, you don’t have to. If you like what you’re writing, but feel you need to take a break from it and come back when you’re feeling even better about it, you can and should. Writing should be enjoyable and you shouldn’t push yourself to write something that doesn’t feel good or right.
So the bottom line is this – write what feels right. Taking breaks is okay and abandoning a story (if that’s really what you want to do) is acceptable if that’s what you feel is necessary.
As for myself, I’m going to continue writing the newest story that I just started yesterday. I will continue to post more information as I precede with my writing. I still plan on returning to working on my other novel, but for now, I’m going to put that aside. Thank you for understanding and remember, write what feels right!