Inspired by … Beginnings


Polishing a novel and sending it out into the world is a wonderful feeling. It can take a couple of weeks to decompress after all those seemingly endless rounds of drafting, revising, and incorporating feedback. You took something that began as a tiny spark and blossomed into a full-length novel! You deserve a break.

But then that other feeling comes back, tempting, pulling, dragging you to the keyboard. That feeling that you might be ready to experiment with something else. A new spark has come to you and won’t leave you alone. You think, you think some more, and then you give in. You pull up a chair in front of your computer.

And you write.


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19 responses to “Inspired by … Beginnings

    • Exactly! It’s good to snatch a little break first, but when you’re ready for it again, it’s awesome. 🙂

    • Thanks, Debbie! I do love revising and polishing too, but there’s something especially nice about starting on something new.

  1. This is one of those things I live for… those first few pages of brand new stuff. It’s such a wonderful feeling. Good luck with all the pages that follow!

  2. LOL. My head monkeys lured me into the first chapter trap last week. I really didn’t want to revise DO. It called for hard decisions. I could see the long tunnel of work ahead. I really wanted the joy of diving into something fresh. But then my wise agent hit me with a stick and made me promise that I wouldn’t play with my new sparkly idea until my revisions were done 😦

    But I’ve gotten over it and am happily back into DO–and enjoying the magic of revision 🙂

    Happy Drafting!

    • Thanks! There’s definitely a time to draft and a time to revise, but now that I’m querying my polished project, I feel lucky that it’s my time to draft. I’m sure I’ll have to circle back and revise something else soon so I’m grabbing it while I can. Best of luck in your revisions!

  3. I write all of my manuscripts by hand––so archaic, I know––and I get that same electric jolt whenever I buy a new notebook with the intention of starting a new novel!

  4. I love how you describe this! And I agree – it is exhilarating to start with a blank document and end up with a book! Kind of addicting, as you described…

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