A Hard Decision To Make…

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 mebut 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…

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12 responses to “A Hard Decision To Make…

  1. You’re absolutely making the right decision, Amy! Let Amelia rest for a while – your mind will keep working on it even though you’re not conscious of it. As far as a new project, I’ve heard it helps to dream up characters, then list the conflicts that might happen between them or around them because of who they are. Have fun with it. I’ll be looking forward to hearing about your new project! 🙂

  2. I think you’ve made a wise decision. I can’t work on only one piece of writing, either. Even though my focus is short stories, I have several I’m working on at one time, either beginning, finishing or editing…it keeps my mind hopping, which feeds the creative flow. I also write poetry and non-fiction articles, plus I work on my blog, which includes various writing projects sometimes. You will probably find that any unresolved issues with Amelia will soon present solutions when you get your mind on other works. Good luck and all the best to you!

    • Thanks Sheila! I look forward to working on something new. I think I’ll find a new process in how I approach writing. I may try to renew my love of poetry during this transition! And I think you’re right. I’l definitely find solutions to Amelia while working on other projects.

  3. This is very brave, Amy! Letting Amelia go for a bit and exploring new stories will be a great adventure. Whenever I feel “stuck” on my novel, I turn to a short story or a script to keep my creative juices flowing. Letting yourself and Amelia breathe for a while will be good for both of you! Keep us posted 🙂

  4. Amy you may be ready with tons of fresh ideas for Amelia sooner than you think!!

  5. A wonderful post that hits very close to home for me. I am an unpublished author as well and have always used writing as sort of a hobby. I began to use twitter and Facebook to try and get some feedback to “Talk myself into” possibly going forth and trying to publish.

    I started on my first book, Nocturne of Memory, A book that has been swimming around in my head since I was 15 yrs old. I wrote on it for 2 years before becoming completely stuck in which way it was going to go, questioning and self doubt flooded through me and I lost my way for awhile.

    In the midst of things, My son passed away from SIDS last year. I needed to just get away from everything for awhile and eventually an idea came to my mind to write a new book, Something different then what I had been doing.

    My main reason for this comment is in the fact that starting a new book, talking to people on twitter and asking for advice… I now look back to my previous work and go “Wow! My writing has evolved so much since I wrote this” For me, A new perspective and support went a long way.

    I intend to return to Nocturne at some point and completely re-write it using all of the new knowledge I have gained after this current book is complete.

    I know it’s different for everyone but I truly hope that you will continue to grow as a writer. I’ve only been following you for a short time now (Maybe an hour or so) But I have been going through this blog and I am very interested in your work and hope for nothing but the best in your new project and whatever you choose to do.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your work 🙂

    -Ryan A Smith

    • Thank you so much for sharing your own struggle and story. It’s amazing how us writers go through the same struggles in some way, shape, or form. I’m thankful to social media for giving us a platform to come together and learn for one another.
      Thanks for your encouragement and for reading through my blog. I will most definitely finish and publish “Amelia” one day.
      I wish you luck in your projects! The key for us all is to just keep writing!

  6. Bob of Burke

    When I think about a decision that requires going in one direction or another; I think about Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”. Also, in complex human situations, believe there are rarely perfect decisions. We can never know how things would have worked out down the road not taken. We just need to make the decision, accept it for ourselves, and move on with energy and direction. I also believe that life is somewhat a serendipity that unfolds and is to be embraced. We have some control of our direction but we all intersect with countless others who are making decisions moment to moment.
    Bob

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