I managed to finish Chapter Eight last week and then I stopped. Two reasons. I didn’t feel like writing and I didn’t know where I was going. So I took a break.
This week I’ve been working on a flash fiction piece for Patti Abbott's challenge. This is my third piece and it was the hardest one. It will be posted here on June 4th.
It was lovely to have the freedom to take off and do this piece with no feelings of guilt.
Yesterday, when I told somebody in publishing that I had no illusions about selling the book I was writing, she said, “You’re being very realistic.” Then later she said, “But you never know.” So there are two sentences for those of you working on a book. I suggest you take both.
I’m not sure if I’ll go back to working on my novel tomorrow. I have to see what the day holds for me. I don’t mean chores. I mean my mood. I still don’t know exactly where I’m going, but a quick look through the manuscript will probably help me. Taking this little break from it will also be helpful for me to look at it with fresh eyes.
I want to stress again this is no way for a new writer to approach a book. You have to have a routine. The only reason I can do this now is because I had that routine, was disciplined for all of my career. That means many years. And now that it’s unlikely that I’ll publish that 20th book I can take it easy, do what I want. BTW, doing what I want is writing a crime novel. I think. I’m not sure what it is I’m writing but it does have a police detective as one of the leads. So what does that tell you? Yeah. Me, too.