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20 March 2014 @ 09:27 am
Hey there, novel. Remember when we used to hang?  
I'm meant to be working on my novel today. I'm all set up in my comfy chair with my laptop and my coffee, but instead I'm turning to you, blogosphere. Because that's productive.

The jitters, I have.

It's been ten months since I did anything with COVENANT. Last spring I revamped the outline and rewrote the first few chapters. I was really happy with the way they turned out - I even included an excerpt in my application for a major award and went on to earn an Honorable Mention over dozens of applicants.

But then I put it aside.

It was supposed to be just a summer break sabbatical. The Kinglet would be underfoot all the time - there would be swimming lessons and summer camp and far too much noise under one roof for me to get anything done. I intended to start back up in September, but then it turned into a So-it-turns-out-the-Kinglet-has-Autism-but-the-School-wants-to-Fight-Against-Services-Oh-By-the-Way-I'm-pregnant-Hello-Morning-Sickness-Happy-Holidays-More-Morning-Sickness-Get-the-Nursery-Ready-Why-Am-I-Still-Throwing-Up-Oh-Look-It's-Spring sabbatical.

Don't you hate it when that happens?

Now my novel is like a friendship left too-long untended... you think about it, you say to each other "we really should get together soon", but so much time has passed since anyone made an effort that you've crossed into awkwardness and no one really knows what to do about that. I miss it - I know I need to do something, especially now, before the baby comes and steals my sleep and every ounce of creative energy, but gah, where to start? Do I even know this novel anymore?

I guess the only thing TO do is just dive back in, no matter how awkward it feels... just open up the file, find the place where we left off and ... start writing. If it's anything like real-people friendships, pretty soon we'll be sharing mental martinis and tripping over things to say to each other. It'll be like no time has passed at all. Right?

Right?
 
 
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liz_dejesusliz_dejesus on March 24th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Take a deep breath, open that file and dive in. Overthinking it too much won't help. Start with a page, take baby steps and see where it goes. You can do it.
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