I’m taking a break from Malarkey – from the entire Shenanigans universe, actually.
I’m just not in love with it anymore.
I think it’s the stress of realizing just how broken it
is was and the slog of fixing it. I’m at that ugly point where nothing about the story is rewarding and I feel like there is nothing I can do to make it likeable.
I know that isn’t true. It’s still a good story. Still a story I want to tell. Just not right now.
Right now I need that zing you get from plotting something new. I need the joy of putting together the plot point that makes it all work. I need the freedom of writing something that hasn’t already been written, and re-written and edited to death.
The twelve plus months of writing and editing this novel, while slowly falling out of love with the process, have taught me one thing for certain. It’s okay to step away from a project. Sometimes, it’s what’s best for the project. And for your own sanity.
So for my sanity’s sake, I’m plotsing and backstorying a modern day monarchy and I have no idea where it’s going. The rush and the joy and the zing are all there.
I’m in love.
So, if you’re still with me at this point in my painstaking journey, find your zing.