Monday, February 22, 2010

A Cautious Optimism

It's been nearly 2 months since I finished the rough draft of "Future Tense," and since then I've not been in my usual writing mode.  For most of the past 5 1/2 years, I've been working non-stop on one novel or another, either writing 1K/day  or editing. 

I can look at the past 2 months and label it 'writer's block' and start to spiral into panic mode, or I can look at this fallow time quite differently.

As a dear friend of mine says, you can't keep harvesting the tree without feeding the roots.  I was guilty of not taking care of myself.  Between maintaining a breakneck writing pace, coming home from an overseas trip to find my living room ceiling leaking and the months of destruction/construction that followed, having to help move my elderly parents into assisted living, and having an emergency appendectomy (yikes!), I had depleted my stores. 

The last thing I needed was to beat myself up for not writing. Instead, I have been playing with some journalling/free writing exercises and poetry over the past few months.  Every few days, I would think about one of my many novel ideas, but nothing called to me.  I didn't force the issue. 

On the plane, after a terrific holiday with my family in Montana, I started to do some character exploration for a proposed sequel to "The Between."  I'm still not ready to dive in and do the kind of preparation this novel will take, but when it's time, I know I can do it.

I'm filling the well again and that feels good.

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