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When the Going Gets Tough

I haven’t been editing Quest for Salvation

Phew, now that that confession is out there, let me tell you why. I love the story, I love the characters, and I love the world – but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Having finished another round of edits, I’ve found the amount of work I still have to do exhausting. My MC still needs more work to make her a worthwhile character, my plot needs to be tightened up a bit more, especially at the beginning (I’ve planned another rewrite of the first couple of chapters) and of course there is all of the editing for rhythm and pacing and phrasing. In short: I stopped before I got burnt out from writing all together.

I have been working on this world (almost exclusively) for four years. More than once I’ve had to set it aside (swearing that I would never come back to it because it’s a worthless idea) and I am NOT going to go through that again. I’ve learned when to let it rest. I sent the draft I have to some readers, and hopefully their input will get me ready to work on it again.

But what am I doing in the meantime? Well, I’m still writing. My new project is a YA novel* that has roots in a story I wrote with a friend in high school (though what those roots are is hard to say – there are no recognizable elements of that story in this one now).

This has been my strategy for a long time: When writing one story becomes forced, I jump to another. That way the creative juices are still flowing, but I get to completely change my point of view, tone, characters, and setting. It gets me out of the writing slumps.

How do you prevent getting burnt out? Do you have strategies to keep from getting frustrated with your work?

Take care, fellow travelers.

* I’ll be writing more about this project in posts to come, though I hope to pick back up on my series on Ibvailyn Culture soon.

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