When you’ve left a piece of writing aside for a little longer than intended, the time between the last word written and the next letter to touch the page often grows exponentially.
The rule of thumb being – the more distance there is between you and the writing, the more difficult it becomes to dive back into it and pick up the story. So, you leave it a little longer still, you think perhaps it’s too much effort to reacquaint yourself with the intricacies of the plot and eventually, the poor old story is relegated to the ‘forget about it’ pile.
I don’t like to leave anything incomplete however, so my own piece of writing in this scenario, which started off well but sort of stalled as day-to-day workload consumed my time. has now been revived. (It was a ‘in the wee small hours’ sort of a revival). Let’s just say the story has been on simmer for a while, but now the heat’s being turned right back up. Inspiration/the creative urge can strike at any time and, while I’ve written other things since I last tackled this particular tale, it seems the time is right now to pick this one back up.
I’m not quite sure where it’s headed, but I have a skeleton trail to follow, so we’ll see where it takes me… Indeed, having been away from it for a while, I now feel refreshed and more excited to delve into it.
Having just finished a short story last week, I think these will perhaps take a backseat now for a little while, as I focus on this longer piece. I’m interested to see how it will all end and I think that this time around, less distraction will be good. There’s just one wee poem waiting in the wings, but it won’t detract too much from ‘the plan’.
After all – it’s good to keep a little bit of rainbow in your writing…