Mid-week Check-in: Fallen by the Wayside

ROW80LogocopyWell, it’s Wednesday and time to check in with my Round of Words in 80 Days goals. Round 1 ends in 3 weeks on March 26th. By then I was to have added 30,000 words to my novel. According to my calculations I’ve only managed about 7,000 at this point which is not even half of what I wrote in the month of November for NaNoWriMo.


But I’ll tell you something. I need to walk away from this WIP for a while. It’s kind of fallen by the wayside and to be honest, I’m bored with it. That’s not to say I won’t finish it but I need a break. I need to get that distance so that I can see it clearly again. So, I’ve started a new project. It will be a short story of a completely different genre and I’m excited about it. It has been swimming around in my head for a while so why not have some fun with it now?

Winter-TeaHappily, after a few weeks of upheaval with the new job and trying to see how all the parts of my life would fit around the 9-5, I’ve settled into a routine that not only allows me to write but to exercise as well (something sorely needed after a long cold winter of hibernating). I’m enjoying my job. Lots of learning and new challenges but I find that refreshing.Β It’s nice to feel you have a purpose.

Until next time…have you tried mint tea? It’s really good. I recommend it. πŸ™‚


16 thoughts on “Mid-week Check-in: Fallen by the Wayside

    1. Thanks, Emily. I think you’re right and thus I’m not feeling too bad about walking away from the story right now. It deserves to be written when I’m fully into it.


  1. It’s important to keep writing, Isobel. And it doesn’t matter what you write. One short story can lead to another short story. Several short stories make a book. Your WIP may turn into several short stories? Think about it.

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    1. You’re absolutely right, Ingrid. You never know where things will lead you. I guess I’m carrying around a certain amount of guilt because I have never really finished anything. But I also know when I’ve lost the spark required. The story isn’t going anywhere. I’ll get back to it when it’s dying to get out of my head again. πŸ™‚


  2. I think you should write wen you feel like iot, not to complete a mandatory number of words/pages. Writing like that will be reflected on your texts, and most surely, your readers will notice the lack of spark.

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  3. I walked away from my WIP for a few months at the end of last year. On some level I was terrified that I’d never get back to it, but at the time I was just so exhausted and not excited about it. When I did come back to it in January, it FLOWED. Was very exciting. Not to say that it’ll always happen this way, but I too support you in turning your attention to something else for a while. Why waste the excitement & motivation you feel about this short story trying to force your creative energy to flow in a direction it doesn’t want to go? Partnership with the Muse, not domination. That’s key to a healthy lifelong Muse-writer relationship. ;*)

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  4. I think you’re taking the perfect approach. I often find that moving to something else feeds all of my writing in unpredictable and usually wonderful ways.

    What makes a good story, I think,is the way it sings in the soul of the writer. If you’re holding any guilt, still, I hope you’ll let go of it, because you are creating, and living, and that’s definitely enough!

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