Friday, January 4, 2019

After Holiday Writer Blues

I can think of a thousand things to say, but nary a word worth writing.

Taking a break from writing is never a good idea, although sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially during the holidays. But the time has come to get back to writing your epic novel, however, the passion you once had for your story has faded. New stories have invaded your brain and your old story is . . . old. You stare at what you wrote and ask, “Who wrote this garbage? Certainly not I." The delete key, like the executioner’s ax, is ready to send your creation, your baby, into the void, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it.

Delete or not delete, that is the question.

There is another option. Take a moment to think about what you are considering and then begin reading your story from the beginning, but not to yourself. Read the words aloud; it will help to rekindle the flame. You’ll begin to remember the enthusiasm, the passion, the characters, and the emotions you once felt . . . or not.

After you have read your story, questions will arise. Questions that are tough to answer. Did you waste your time? Is it time to move on to something else? Continue or start over? If you’re still not sure, seek a second opinion before you delete.

Open for Business

In the end, do what makes you happy and learn from the experience. Being you is the hardest thing you’ll ever do.

Sound advice from afar.

2019 is four days old and it is already walking and talking. Soon it will start school, make friends and enemies, learn to use an iPhone or stop walking and talking and be just like the rest of the world. I hope it will learn from the mistakes 2018 made and be smarter. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

This Week be a Delicate Violet Giraffe or a Tolerant Ruby Lion.

Spreading the Love to Canada, Poland, Peru, India, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Czechia, Greece, and Austria.