I’ve been trudging along, barely editing my book for the past few months. Life, as always, seems to be getting in the way a lot, and when I finally have a chance to sit down and work on my book, it feels more like a job than it ever has before. I know that’s what writing is, work, but it is also supposed to be work I enjoy. Otherwise, why would I do it? So, I have taken a bit of a break from my novel to play around with some other ideas and to read a little.
Reading is also usually a really pleasant way to pass my time, except that I’ve started reading some books written by an absolutely exceptional author who makes me feel motivated to write more. The way she creates her world and her people is on a level that is awe-inspiring. It makes me wonder how she created it all. Did she spend months and months just mapping out her world and how it worked before ever putting pen to paper? Or did she start writing a story and the world just came together for her?
The new idea I’ve been working on, that’s supposed to be my fun break from editing, now makes me pause. I wonder if I should be mapping this world out carefully before writing, or just enjoying writing.
It’s all just a complicated mess where all roads lead right back to me not writing. But, at least, in talking to my fellow writers, I’m not alone in my struggles to stay focused on my work.