Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It's been a while... but the ideas don't stop

It's been a while - like six months - since I blogged.

It's also been a while since I've written anything on either of the two manuscripts I currently have in progress. The paying work just has to have priority at present.

Being in this situation doesn't make me particularly happy. Of course, lots of paying work is good and I have great clients. But in my heart of hearts, it's not what I want to be doing. Still, we all have to decide on our own priorities at any given time, right?

 In fact, not being able to write fiction highlights for me how much I do still want to write and publish books. So that's a good thing - the fact that I'm not ready to give up no matter how long it's taking me to actually finish writing at least one book!

The other aspect to this period that I find interesting is that the book ideas just don't stop. Ideas for a Regency mystery-romance series have been percolating over the last week (I actually sat down this morning to start typing up the plot outlines, but got distracted by this instead! Another hazard of an over-full brain which tries to cope by flitting from one thing to another...)

I take encouragement from the fact the ideas are still there, the characters saying, "Hey, what about this? We could do that?" It's all there, waiting for the right time.

So, yes, Dan Millman (self-help lecturer and author), you're absolutely right. I can do anything - write fiction, write commercial and PR copy, cook, garden, walk the dog, love my husband - but I can't do it all at the same time.

The time to write, to be the author I've always wanted to be, will come. It's just not quite yet.