I’m about to do something that is very, very hard, but it has to be done. I’m putting Amelia aside for a while. This pains me, but my passion is waning, and I need to do this. I’ve been working on Amelia for a very long time, three plus years, and it’s the only project I’ve done. I need to spread my writing wings and see what a new story, with fresh eyes, has in store for me. It makes me sad, because Amelia is so close to my heart, but I’m doing the story an injustice by forcing the storyline each time I sit down to work on it.
I went to Twitter and Facebook stating my frustration of losing passion, but not wanting to give up on Amelia. Each response gave me the advice to put the story aside and work on something fresh and new. I’d already thought about doing this, but after hearing all the advice, I knew it was what I should do. It seems a lot of writers have more than one project going on at once. Being somewhat a novice at writing a book, I thought focusing on one story at a time was best, but it seems having more than one project helps the creative process. Now I see the light and understand why. When one story gets you down, there’s another to inspire you. It makes so much sense.
The big question is, do I have a new story already in mind to write? Simply, no I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of ideas, but nothing pin-pointed. I’m going to spend the next few weeks noodling around those ideas and then I’ll begin plotting out my next book. This is a place I’ve never been and it’s going to be a new process for me. With Amelia, the story had been in my mind for so long, and when I finally got up the courage to start writing, it was there waiting for me. What’s exciting about starting a new story is I’ve learned so much from writing Amelia, I’ll be more prepared and organized when I begin the new book and I won’t feel so clueless about what I’m doing.
Amelia won’t be forgotten. She’ll be waiting in the wings, very close by. When the time is right, and when the passion is revived, I’ll finish her story with more clarity and the story will be better because of it. Please know how hard of a decision this is for me, but for me to grow as a writer, I need to stretch my imagination and write new stories. Hopefully doing so will enlighten me as to where I want the story of Amelia to go, and my love of the story will be renewed.
Stay tuned! A new story is right around the corner!
Until next time…