I’m back…

writingutensilsDue to unplanned events I had to take a break from writing. Two weeks is the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started. My life is finally returning to normal and my house guests are gone but now I feel out of sync with my story. It’s as if my characters have moved on with their lives and left me behind.

So I face a dilemma…

I’m working on a re-write of my first story due to the length. I had grand plans for a plot change but when my grandmother died my mind blanked on all these plans.

When I signed up for Nanowrimo I felt full-on excitement. I felt ready for the challenge and ready to face it full speed ahead. Now that I’ve challenged all my friends and talked the talk I have to walk the walk.

Anyway, back to that dilemma…

After reading numerous blogs about how other writers are preparing for Nanowrimo I have to consider my options. Do I cram for the super-duper test of Nanowrimo for the next two weeks?

Or

Do I try to salvage the relationship I have with those beloved characters that have moved on without me.

Maybe the question should be…

Do I let my original manuscript sit for another six weeks before I seriously try a plot restructure? And spend the next two weeks taking notes and working on the plot for my Nanowrimo story.

Or

Continue to work on my re-write and jump head first into Nanowrimo on November 1st?

I have found success with jumping in head first. It’s actually my usually method, but now my confidence is shaken by my two weeks absence. I know I can write 50,000 words in 30 days (provided nobody else dies), I just question if they’ll be worth reading.

4 thoughts on “I’m back…

  • kathanink

    I selfishly want you to join us in the NaNo adventure. I’m reading No Plot? No Problem! and it’s getting me totally into doing this. You, of all people, will be able to finish the 50k words, for sure, and you never know what might come out of doing something so nutty and haphazard?!

    Of course, you should do what you feel would be best for you right now. I am just saying what I want you to do… 😉

  • What to do? What to do?

    I know it was hard for me to walk away from The Eighth Hour, as I am sure it always is for you when you step away from Dangerous Embrace.

    I can’t say that I have any words of wisdom, other than do what you think you can do the best.

    I have always been a bit of a panster, if you saw my notes and “outlines” for Caveman’s Mosaic, you would laugh at the mess. I seriously have pages with words scribbled in all directions, some are even written upside down. Not much of an outline I know, but too much structure seems to strangle my muse.

    Hang in there, have a nice drink and see what pops in your mind. I’ll be relaxing with you, I’m having a glass of wine.

  • panster/pantster…I said I was drinking wine didn’t I.

  • I’m gonna start something entirely new for NaNoWriMo.

    Some totally unexpected events led me to decide to shelve my work-in-progress for the time being. (Who knows, these events could lead to the story line for NaNoWriMo 2010.) I will go back to my friends in this work-in-progress at some point, but they need to sit out at least the month of November.

    I say, jump right in, head first. Maybe stick your toes in first just to test the temperature.

    Come on in, the water’s fine!!

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