This week we’re blogging about second novels. I don’t have a whole lot to say because, well, my second novel is on hold at the moment. I completed a draft of it earlier this year, and have been rewriting and revising ever since. But even with the input of my agent, editor, and beta readers, I’m still not sure if this is the novel I want to go out with as a follow-up to VINTAGE.
I got so focused on my deadline that I forgot to stop and let the project have some much-needed air. It reminds me of that scene in Tommy Boy where Chris Farley loves his pet so much he squashes it.
So, to avoid crushing the life out of this manuscript, I’m taking a step back to let it breathe. And, while I’m at it, maybe I’ll take a few breaths, too. I tend to be a person that goes, goes, goes until I can’t go anymore. Recently, my body and brain said, “You know what? We’ve had enough.”
In the last couple of weeks, instead of running circles around revisions, I’ve been enjoying things like lying the hammock with my son, cooking up big meals with my husband, and taking friends out on our boat. Like this recent evening (see pic below) where I caught up with fellow Madison author friends. Since we all talked about books and writing, it counts as “work,” right?