Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wisdom on Wednesday: Know When to Fold 'Em

I thought I was going to have to post an IOU for today, because things are so crazy at my house this week (Last week of school! Dance recitals! Birthday Parties!) that I couldn't even think of a blog topic.

Then I realized that in deciding to pack up the internet for the remainder of the week, I had my blog topic. Don't you love it when that happens?

Sometimes, you have to take a step back from writing or blogging because life just gets too busy, and you either don't have the time to put into it, or you don't have the mental resources to spend on working through it.

It's hard to put a manuscript in a drawer. I've done it. It sucks. It feels like giving up. But sometimes, when you've taken it as far as it can go, when you just don't have any more mental resources to put into it, that's what you have to do. And it isn't giving up; it's realizing that this one isn't the one, and that the next one might be.


  1. Amen, sister. Had to do just that about a month ago and I am so loving what I'm writing now.

  2. My life was crazy for similar reasons all through May and up until about a week ago. It's so nice to be able to write again.

    And I've put so many poems and PB manuscripts in "the drawer." I hope I never have to do that with a longer one.

  3. Yep, I've been super busy too. We just ended school on Friday and my daughter is really busy.

    It's hard to put something away. I've been working on the same thing for ages and want to finish it so I can query, but I definitely accept that this may not be "the one."

  4. This seems like the theme of my week. Very serendipitous.