Writing Can Be Murder

April 12, 2010

Making the hard choices

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:10 am

What a month I’m having.

I parted ways with my agent.
I shelved the WIP I’d worked on for months.
And now I have to drop out of the two half marathons I was supposed to do in May. The ones I’ve been diligently training for for MONTHS.

(cue sobbing…or at least gnashing of teeth)

The agent situation has worked out for the best. While making the actual decision was difficult, I know it was the right one for me.

Shelving the WIP was another right decision. I’ve got all the notes put away. No doubt I’ll finish it once I complete the project I’m working on now.

I’d ignored my new story for MONTHS (despite the fact I kept telling everyone IT was the project I wanted to be writing). Big mistake. I should always listen to my gut.

I injured myself at the beginning of last month and I’m not healing. In fact the injury seems to be getting worse. You’d think making the decision to stop doing the physical act which is causing you agony would be easy when you’re lying in bed at night, deciding that you understand why trapped animals chew their limbs off. It isn’t.

Let’s face it. If you write a book, or train for an endurance event, you’re in it for the long haul. You’re accustomed to those days when you have your doubts. You know that there are times when if you just keep going (plant your butt in the chair, or get to that next telephone pole) you can get through it. You know what the reward feels like when you’ve stuck with something difficult and made it to “THE END” (or the the finish line).

So it’s hard to “fail”.

But my point of this post is not to whine, the point is to remind everyone that even though it can be a challenge to make the hard choices, everything will work out.

My body IS going to heal and I will tackle the distance again.

I’m writing the “right” book now.

And the agent thing? That will work out too.

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4 Comments »

  1. Everything will definitely work out. It’s not a ‘fail’ it’s just an opportunity to succeed in a different direction.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — April 12, 2010 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  2. I know you’re right. It’s just I’ve had so much invested in terms of time, energy and emotion that it’s hard to see where “succeed” is, lol.

    Comment by love2wryte — April 12, 2010 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  3. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you where success is. 🙂

    In all seriousness, it will work out because it already IS working out. You’re writing the book you want to write… and it is GOOD.

    Comment by Jenny — April 13, 2010 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks Jenny! Even I think it’s pretty darn good which is unusual.

    Comment by love2wryte — April 13, 2010 @ 5:05 pm | Reply


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