For the past year, my writing has been centered around my first and second novels. Editing, re-writing, adding, taking away, querying agents, researching publishing options, etc.
As much as I obviously LOVE my first two books, I can’t deny that I had really been missing that moment when you sit down at the computer, full of inspiration, and write a new story for the first time.
So, after some super stressed out (near-break down) kind of days (Most of which I created entirely by myself because I am a writer and thus, I have my neurotic moments.), I thought that it would be nice to take a little break and write something new – whatever my imagination was dying for me to write. And so I did.
It was so therapeutic and energizing that I wanted to share the experience on here if it might help a stressed out or somewhat uninspired writer.
I highly recommend that writers do this every so often. Yes, if you are in the midst of publishing/editing your work then of course that is most important thing, but sometimes you really do need a break from it. Artists need to always be creating something to do well. Writing down a new story is like taking a breath of fresh morning air.
I ended up just writing the equivalent of two pages, but the new piece brought new life into my veins. It was something I have wanted to write for ages, but I did not want to allow myself to pursue something new (When I have 3.5 books in the que for publishing – with 2.5 of those in need of serious editing/rewriting)!!).
But, really, I think a writer should give herself/himself permission to write something new. I took one night off from editing my soon to be published book and that was all I needed to keep me sane.
Just my two cents. 🙂
Do you agree or do you think that this could side track you too much from your current project?
Let me know your thoughts.