I recently read this insightful article by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick from the blog “A Writer’s Path.” It explains how stepping away from your current writing project can be healthy because it allows you to recharge your creative batteries and see your own work with an impartial eye. This is sound advice because I’ve discovered that writing a novel is more intensive than writing a short story, so it is important to take a break and come back later to revise the plot, give more attention to personality conflicts, and include character interaction. I like to have multiple writing projects going on at once so that if I get burned out on a project or feel like I’ve hit a wall, then I can shift gears and write something else to keep me going. I put aside the draft of my novel and looked through my short stories that are still in progress and had fun playing with them again. If you’re a writer as well, then what do you like to do when you need to recharge your batteries?
by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick I know, it sounds like a lame excuse, doesn’t it? “It’s not that I’m not writing. It’s just that I’m thinking about my next chapter while I play this game of Solitaire on my phone. With Law and Order reruns playing in the background.” Those of us who have […]