I’m taking a sabbatical from my novel. It’s been just over three weeks since I’ve caressed my darling book’s pages, stung its sentences with stronger verbs, mercilessly trimmed its split ends.
You see, I did finish my ugly first draft before the end of the year, (👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻) and now I’m letting it sit for a month.
It’s been tough, this separation. I miss my book. I worry it’s been seeing that woman from the copy shop with the belly ring. (Hi, fellow Friends fans.)
I’ve been seeing other novel ideas myself, truth be told. I even wrote an outline, planned a research trip, and have begun reading up on a new topic. (Shh…)
Truth? I like this new idea, too. A lot. He lets me say things my WIP won’t, lets me use a different voice for him, and his tense? Oh, yeah.
So though I’m ready to get back to my darling novel in waiting, I know I’ll also be ok once it’s polished, is beta-read, and is handed over to the agent, assuming she wants to read it. 🤞🏻
And if my WIP finds out about this new idea? We WERE (ok, are) on a break. Though if it writes me an eighteen-page letter (front and back), I’m going to read it all, just in case I find myself making promises (like Ross did) that I shouldn’t. Or in case my novel has things of its own it would like to fix.
Eight days and counting until I can get back to it.