Back To The Novel Front

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It’s been a loooooong time since the subject of my novel has come up here, in my head, or anywhere else. Some think I’ve given it up or just don’t care anymore, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s always been lingering in the background waiting for me to come back to it.

Here’s where things get brutally honest. There were a number of reasons why I had to shelve my passion project. Most of them revolved around having no choice but to reorganize priorities. I’ve heard writers are supposed to have tunnel vision when writing and pushing for publication, but I refused to keep the blinders on when it came to being there for those I care about when they needed me the most. That meant redirecting my muse towards shorter writing projects so I could be at hospital beds, visit with friends who had limited time in this world, and provide extra care to aging furkids.

There was also the little thing of having to take care of myself. I needed to take a step back in a number areas of my life, so I could evaluate and adjust to so many changes that have taken place in the last three years. It’s been overwhelming to say the least and I’m not sorry for taking the time I needed. Slowly but surely, I’m coming back to things that have gathered dust during my absence.

Last week, my novel muse is started to whir back to life. For the first time in I don’t know how long, I opened the file for The Muse. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about after so much time …

Would I still like it?

Does it still read like a finished novel?

What about the Chapter 1 rewrite – does it still work?

With all those questions rolling around in my head, I read through the most recent draft. I still love it. Minutes later, I opened my Query Tracker spreadsheet and updated all the information I had for agents on my list (a lot has changed since my last round of query packages!). While it sucked to add a few more rejections to the list, it was energizing to select the next batch of agents that will be receiving query packages.

Now, here’s where things get fun. It turns out my muse had another surprise in store for me. My characters started talking to me again (I swear I’m not crazy!). The sequel for The Muse has been locked away for a while, but I opened up the file again and pulled my Novel Notebook from the shelf. I outlined two major sections of the plot and found I need to conjure up two new characters, and add depth to one that already exists. How cool is that?? It looks like this summer will be full of creativity and more world building!

Like so many other things in my life I’m sure the process will be slow, but it’s nice to be back on the novel front.

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c.b.w. 2016

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12 thoughts on “Back To The Novel Front

  1. I find myself in a similar spot, C.B. I have one I got a great start on in November during National Novel Writing Month that begs for more time, but this period of the year, March through October is just insanely busy. I hope to sneak in some writing soon, but who knows when or how.

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    • Sometimes a little busy time is good for the muse. You get the chance to take care of responsibilities, but it also allows time for story ideas to settle and bloom. I hope you’ll get back to the writing desk soon! 🙂

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  2. What a heartwarming post. stepping back and giving yourself time was obviously the right thing to do and as you move forward I look forward to hearing about many more wonderful things. You amaze me in so many ways. Hugs.

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    • I’m doing the best I can to move forward. There are some more issues on the horizon that will cause me to step back again, but for the time being I get to be immersed in my passion projects. Sometimes you just have to take advantage of those little pockets that let you be in the moment. 🙂

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  3. I’m glad to hear the novel (and its sequel!) have begun finding new life again. People may say that writers should have tunnel vision, but those people are probably also the ones who forget what really matters in life. Taking time for the priorities is far more important. Novels can wait. Relationships and our own health can’t.

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    • Exactly! So far, I’m having fun in brainstorming phase (but then that’s one of my favorite steps in the process). I’m doing as much as a I can before I have to take a step back again (my remaining dog is struggling, so I know he’s going to need more of my time within the next couple of months).

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