I’m starting to feel like I’m hitting a writing wall with my new novel. It’s not writer’s block. I know what I want to write, but I’m losing interest for the moment. It’s not because I’m not happy with the story. I am, and I can’t wait to see it through.
But I’ve noticed that over the last couple of days, my writing routine has dwindled from 2000 to 3000 words a day to between 500 – 700 words.
For two weeks I was motoring through an exciting section in the book that recently came to a crescendo, but didn’t end the story. But after that peak, the story makes a dramatic shift, and I think that is the issue. I generally know what I want to happen in the story after this shift, but I don’t think I’ve put the proper time into exploring all the possible avenues.
Therefore, I think a short break from this story might do me some good. It will give me time to focus on other projects which I have pushed aside, and it will, hopefully, give me the required think time to push through to the end of the novel.
A writer’s break can be a rejuvenating and refreshing change which will pay off in the long run.
So, do you ever find you mind wandering away from your story? Do you ever have trouble putting the focus into the plot and characters? Have you been going non-stop on this novel for a while now? Perhaps you, too, are a good candidate for a writer’s break.
But if you’re like me, it won’t be long.until I’m itching to get back to these characters. It won’t be long until my mind has given itself the required clarity to push through to the end. That’s always been my experience, anyways.
Breaks are needed. Use them to drive you back to your manuscript.