ROW80 Update: A Change of Direction

I have been thinking – yes, that’s what that noise was – and have come to the decision that I am taking a break from my novel.  I’m still writing and still going to carry on with my 500 words, three times a week goal, just on a different project.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make – I really love my story and my characters, but that’s where the problem lies.  I love them too much and  can’t help getting sucked into the little fictional world I created.  Too much of my time is spent thinking about them, and to be honest, my little brain can’t cope. 

My new project, isn’t really new.  I’ve been working on it on and off for almost a decade.  It’s a more factual piece based on the time I spent travelling in my early twenties. I doubt it will ever be more than a keepsake; someway of collating all my stories and memories, but it’s still writing and it’s – hopefully- going to be a little easier on me.

In other news: it’s still half-term, my hair is still rapidly turning grey, I still don’t get Art History and Christmas is still approaching too damn fast.  Oh, and I’m still only meeting my goals by the skin of my teeth.   Happy days.


8 thoughts on “ROW80 Update: A Change of Direction

  1. Emma,
    At the end of the day, you’ve still met your goals – which is great! I can sympathize with the decision to switch projects. Did it recently myself, though for different reasons. Hopefully the switch is something your muse requires because I believe we make choices for a reason. So good luck on traveling piece!

  2. Ryan King says:

    LOL @ the “noise”. That sounds like a hard decision for sure. I’m sure you’ll come back to it at some point. Right now it sounds like you need to work on that old WIP. I’ve had projects from the past demand attention this past year which made the current ones suffer. But in the end it was all for the best. Good job on meeting your goals, skin of the teeth or not.

  3. Whether you’re meeting the goals by the skin of your teeth, or soaring above, you’re meeting them, that’s what counts!
    I know how hard it is to decide to put down one project and start another, so good luck with it 🙂

  4. It’s good to put a bit of distance between yourself and your characters sometimes. When you come back to them, you’ll have a fresh perspective. Congratulations on you decision to work on your non-fiction travel collection. Good luck with the rest of Round 4. 🙂

  5. Thanks, everyone! It was a really tricky decision as I loved my old WIP, and for once was going well. I’ve had to prioritise, though and right now my OU course is more important. Roll on Monday, when I can get back to normal (!)

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