Refilling the Well
When you’re an author – or when you want to be an author – you learn about the concept of refilling the well. As much as we would like to think that we can write endless novels without ever leaving our writing rooms (or favourite cafe tables, as the case may be), the fact is that we all need to take time away from our art to fill the well of inspiration that all of our art comes from.
For writers, this means stepping away from the computer and going out to be around people. We observe, talk, laugh, remember why we do such a crazy thing that keeps us locked away for so long…
The problem with the well is that sometimes you may be forced to refill it whether you’re in the middle of a project or not.
For the past month or more, I have been trying to finish the first draft of my novel – Fading Echoes – before my classes start on the 17th. I’ve pulled bigger wordcount days than I have in ages.
But I did the math last night, and I just don’t think I’m going to make it. Sigh.
The good part of that is that I’m not going to make it because Fading Echoes is going to be quite a bit longer than Echo Falls. Wonderful!
Now if only I could finish it all before classes…
I’m certainly going to give it a go, so that’s why you may not hear from me here for another week or so. But if my left arm falls off because I’ve been typing too much, I’ll be coming back here to whine.
On a more positive note: look!