If you’ve been following the progress of my Handymen series, you’ll know I just finished A Gentle Man, Handymen 2. It was a long road, and often bumpy, but I made it to the end. Some books are like that. They take a little bit more out of you. However, it is now in the hands of my publisher and I hope to announce a release date soon.
I finished it at the perfect time. You see, my day job just got busier because of a new project and I was asked to take on more hours, which I was thrilled to do. I knew in accepting those hours that I’d have to put off any other writing projects for a few weeks, but that’s okay. After the experience I had writing A Gentle Man, frankly, I could use a break.
Of course, I told myself when I accepted those extra hours I’d still find time to write here and there. “You’ll sneak in an hour at night or on the weekends. It’ll be great!”
Here’s the thing. I really haven’t.
And, honestly, I’m not sure I could right now. I’m exhausted when night time rolls around. My day is packed with activity, much of it involving attention to tiny details. And, as I’ve learned, my brain can only handle so much at one time. I’m not being derogatory. I’m being realistic. We have to cut ourselves some slack. We can’t do it all.
Very often, my writer wheels are turning, even when I’m doing other things. I’m always going over plot points in my head, or creating new characters. Lately, I haven’t been. My Muse has gone on holiday, and she’s currently sipping a cerveza on a sunny beach somewhere. I think she might have needed the break.
So, I’m letting her have that much-needed vacation, and I hope to recharge my creative batteries at the same time. And when my project at the day job ends and my regular schedule resumes, I hope to tackle my writing with renewed energy and ideas.
In the meantime, please stay tuned for all the details on A Gentle Man, Handymen 2!
And if you haven’t picked up your copy of A Good Man, Handymen 1, I hope you’ll do so today.
4 thoughts on “Giving the Muse a break. #amwriting”
Nothing wrong with taking a break. Every so often you have to let the field lie fallow for awhile so it can produce well again in future. I’m sure when it’s time to sow the field again you’ll find that things have been quietly percolating in the background and your muse will be eating to go once more, renewed and refreshed by her time in the sun.
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Perfect metaphor, Michelle. I am so fallow right now. LOL
Your a wonderful author and I don’t blame you for taking a break. We all need to once in awhile.
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Thanks so much, Mary! I am hoping the short break will lead to a great new PNR series! Stay tuned. 🙂