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I'm getting to know the shadows in my head again.
In my How's the Book Going? post I mentioned that I haven't written anything for the book in a while. In fact the last time I wrote any words was ten weeks ago. The problem with taking such a long break from a book you're in the middle of editing/rewriting is you forget the story.

Yesterday I stepped back into the world I created. I had to familiarise myself with characters and settings. I began by reading through my draft and resisted the temptation to change it. Instead I planned my next steps, making sure I knew where the story was going and what the characters were doing. Although I had forgotten the majority of my story it didn't take long before the characters were talking to me. They retold their stories and I got caught up in minutes. The story came flooding back.

But my phone alarm went off; time to fetch the kids from school. No more writing time. All night I had scenes running through my head, characters chatting away and ideas coming out of nowhere. It gives me such a rush to get back into the book. And I can't wait to get started today.

I enjoy the writing so much, I hate taking time away from writing. Then I realise it's not a choice for me. When the kids are off school it's impossible to write. But from now on I will make time in the evenings. Even when the kids are off school. 

I've written these words before but I do intend getting this book out there someday. So forgive me if the blogging takes a hit and you don't see me as often. I'm here and I'll squeeze in blogging when I can but for the moment I want to get this second third fourth* draft finished. Wish me luck.

*I have no idea which draft number it is!


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14 comments:

  1. Good luck! I didn't know you had reached the 4th draft (or whichever) of your novel - well done! I think one of the reasons I've written so little of my book this month is because I didn't write any of it for two weeks and even in that short space of time the story and characters started to slip away. I really need to go back and read it all but am worried I will get caught up in editing that way. You've just shown me it's possible to read and then leap straight back in though - thanks! I'm glad you're enthused by your book again, it's a great feeling isn't it? Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

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    1. Thanks Maddy. It is a great feeling, I couldn't wait to start work today. Getting back to it always feels like coming home. Welcoming and comfortable, somewhere I belong. :)

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  2. Ah good luck! I can identify with how you feel coming back after ten weeks off - I had months away from my book before I started the redraft a couple of weeks ago, and there's definitely a period of having to get to know the characters and their story again. Really exciting that you're back into it now though. I'm loving working on my novel again - especially because I've come back to the characters to find out that they've matured a bit so are helping do my job for me :) x

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    1. Those breaks do give you time to consider the story but the characters maturing was the biggest shock for me. They've changed and sometimes that can be hard to get a grip of, but I'm working on it. Good luck with your novel and it's lovely to hear those characters are helping out! :)

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  3. Go, write that novel! You're doing briliantly. It's not easy when kids are about and there are so many things to be doing. We find ti hard to prioritise our writing but we should be devoting our time to doing something we love doing.
    Thank you for linking to #whatimwriting again. We're all cheering you on. x

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    1. Thank you so much Chrissie. It is very hard to prioritise writing over everything else, especially when you have a five year old telling you he needs things for school! But I'm getting there. :)

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  4. Good luck with finding that time! I've found the only way to make time to write is to give it priority all above everything else. So that means the house gets untidy at times and we run out of food.. but never mind the writing is more important! ; )

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    1. Oh boy my house is going to be untidy! Yesterday, while cooking dinner I took the opportunity to get some ironing done and put some things away. I tend to multi-task, doing ten things rather than just the one so that I have the time for writing. Yep, running out of food - we did that today. I had to nip to tesco before lunch! DOH! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Emily. x

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  5. I am glad to hear you are getting back to working on your book. You have inspired me to finish the final editing of my own book. My husband has been nudging me to do so for months now. I wish you much success but will miss your blog posts!
    xxxx

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    1. Lysa I didn't realise you'd written a book! How exciting. What's it about? Good luck with it. xx
      I'll blog occasionally but I think the novel should be my priority at the moment. Will try and keep in touch. xx

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  6. Very wise to resist the temptation to change your draft and well done with the work done.
    There are times when I don't work much on my book either and when I start again, I realise how much I have missed it...
    I want to try and make the evenings work for me too.
    Good luck! xx

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    1. Thank you. It is a real struggle sometimes, especially when I've let the housework pile up to epic proportions! But I guess that's just the life of a SAHM & writer. Good luck to you too. xx

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  7. Oh how I can relate to this feeling Morgan! From the time, to the ideas filling my head. With determination, perseverance and chocolate, we will do it between us! ;) #whatimwriting

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    1. Oh yes Carol, we mustn't forget that chocolate! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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