…that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I had no clue what to expect when I decided to put Amelia aside. I thought I might feel lost and confused, but that’s not the case at all. Let me explain…
I feel as though my nativity held me back from writing other stories while working on Amelia, which stifled my imagination across the board. For some reason, I didn’t give myself permission to write freely, therefore, my writing was stiff. Why I did this to myself, I have no clue. Seeing that Amelia is my first attempt at writing a novel, I think I had no clue how to use my imagination effectively. I had too many boundaries which created endless amount of “writing blocks”. Once I gave myself permission to put Amelia on the shelf and begin writing multiple stories, my imagination bloomed.
At first, when I sat down to begin my new writing journey, the blank feeling I had was consuming. I needed something to get my writing juices flowing, so I began jotting down one line prompts, and before I knew it, I had a page full of ideas. Some were silly. Some were a tad boring and a couple seemed like ideas that had been written a million times before. Then there were those ideas that jumped off the page and said, “Write me! Write me!” So I got started and let my imagination take me wherever it wanted to. Once I began plotting one story, another story came to me, and then another. Now I’m inundated with new characters and plots. My notebook and pen have been getting quite the workout and my brain is finally getting the mental workout it should’ve gotten while I was writing Amelia.
Writing has become more fun. It seems less stressful and I don’t procrastinate as much as I used to. I’m learning the power my imagination holds and I realize there are no boundaries. I know, as a writer, I should’ve already known this, but I can’t discount the fact that I had blocked myself into one story and I had lost the meaning of my writing journey. Now I approach writing with an open mind and I allow myself to make mistakes. Realizing that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect has freed me. I’ve learned to write, write, write ~ editing and polishing will come later. I’ve learned to have a vision, form the characters, and just get the story down. Later, I’ll come back, fill in the blanks, deepen the plot, develop more personality, add more conflict, and on, and on, and on. I know everyone writes differently, but for me, I edited too much as I wrote Amelia and I lost where I was going with the story. Not anymore…from now on, I’m going with the flow of my imagination.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to this point, but I’m not complaining. I’m learning things I’ll be able to apply to Amelia when I’m ready to pick her back up and finish her story. I’m so excited to finish the story that started my writing journey and I have a feeling that will happen sooner than later (I plan on blogging about this VERY soon). Until then, I plan to continue working and plotting my second book, and who knows, a third and fourth may come to fruition.
Alway remember: Never stifle your imagination. It does its best work when it’s free
Until next time…