So here we are again, as I write this I find that the month of January is flying by. Today is the first day I have been able to sit down and relax. A light storm hit us in New Hampshire, and I made hats as the snowflakes fell. We still have not received any real snowstorms. There is only a light snow on the ground and shrubs stick up through the snow. I hope that we get a real storm soon, for I miss the snow and all the beauty that it brings. When I relax, there is always part of me that feels guilty for it. My industrial spirit hates it. Yet as I further examine everything, I concede, realizing how important time to relax is.
We often forget that is important to take time for ourselves.
This is how it also is with my writing. I have been taking some time off from the fiction. Late in December I finished another edit of my manuscript. As hard as it is, I have to take some time off from the piece. After spending such a long time with one piece, it is hard to step away from it. Part of me only wishes to continue on, to see it through. I want to finish it all in one stroke. The industrial part of my soul wants to finish it immediately. Yet one major lesson that I have learned is that novel writing is not a sprint. It takes many years to craft an great novel. To it rush it would do it a great injustice to myself.
It is important to take time away, in order to clear my mind of it. Spending too much time with a manuscripts can cause the same mistakes to happen continually. As you become intimate with a piece, there is a type of tunnel vision that develops. Taking time off is important, as hard as it can be. We live in a quick society where we value instant gratification. Novel writing demands ample time if it is going to be done right. The time away is just as important as the time taken away. As an author I am forced to fight that social norm to complete a novel worth reading.
I hope to get the piece completed later this year. I like to begin my edits at the beginning of the month. Each month to me seems like a fresh start, and this is part of why I prefer to edit this way. I want my edit to be correlated with a fresh start. So I look forward to the coming of February, and all it looks to bring.