Monday, January 31, 2011
Back in the Saddle
by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
The summer holidays are drawing to a close and with my boys starting school on Wednesday I am emerging from writing hibernation to face the prospect of rewriting my WIP (and facing a blank computer screen!).
You may remember my blog post last year about feeling I was in a deep, dark, plot pit - well, at least I managed to dig myself out of that over the holidays. I didn't get any real writing done but I did get a chance to brainstorm plot options and clear the way for what (I hope) is the answer to my overly complicated plot. The thing is I now have two days to start revving the engines to get back down to writing full time and I feel like a rusty old motor in the scrapyard.
Over the last five years I have been pretty consistent in terms of writing output - but I am nervous after such a long hiatus that I won't know where to start or what to do. Needless to say, my inner critic and naysayer is in high gear as you can imagine...
I am reassuring myself that I am ready - I have a revised synopsis in place and will start with a revised plot outline. I convince myself that all the key ingredients are there - my characters are well rounded and full of necessary angst, the mythology is fully-realized, the historical research complete...so what could go wrong?! I think my main worry is that I may have lost any talent I may have had along with the drive needed to propel myself to the finish.
So any recommendations or advice on getting back into the swing of things? How do you recover after a writing hiatus? How do you make sure you don't stall?:)
All and any suggestions would be most welcome - I'll report back in a few weeks as to my progress!