I’ve been doing more stitching than writing this week. Procrastination? Maybe. But at least it was something creative and productive, which is more than I can say for my writing for the last month.
I’ll admit it. I’ve been avoiding my novel. I have been struggling with it for over a month, and every time I thought that I had indentified and solved the problem I was just slightly off the mark.
But this time away from trying to force out words gave me a new perspective on things, and a realization that just because Senzu is the main character, in that she is central to the story: it pretty much revolves around her – her struggles to fit in, an attempt made on her life, etc.
But most of my problem has come from trying to write from her perspective or POV. (Point of View) Oh, I can manage it for a little while in a few places, but for the most part my writing seems to go better if I’m writing from the adults’ POV.
And since the book starts with the adults, it makes sense to stay with them most of the time. The problem seems to be that I’m trying to interfere with the natural flow of the story. And that is leading me to tell, not show.
This time away from writing was also recharging. Re-energizing. I think I’m ready to tackle it again. I know I’m feeling less overwhelmed.
Sometimes the best cure for writer’s block is to step away for a bit.
So, I’m going to go back to what was working before I changed what I was doing right. It may create a bit of additional mess in the edit/rewrite phase, but you know what? That’s okay. Because I can’t edit and fix what isn’t written, and this new insight should at least get it written.
So, batteries recharged, a new (old) strategy in place – I foresee a good writing weekend coming up. And maybe an actual finish to this story so that I can go on to the next, as I’m already way behind in my schedule for the year. (“I love deadlines. I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.”)
Find out on Monday how it went…