It’s Been a While

It’s been some time, hasn’t it?

This blog has truly lived up to its name of being “dormant”, but here’s hoping it’ll all change!

These past few months have reminded me why I write; it isn’t just about telling a story, or how much I love it, it’s also a distraction. I need not remind you that the world is burning. Writing, for me, allows me to live somewhere else, even for a short while – just like reading, only, this is my world.  When reading, you’re living someone else’s tale, but when you’re filling in a blank page, there’s just something special about finding yourself lost in your own narrative.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that writing was a good was to tackle mental health. Like a lot of people, I long for the distraction, just to feel better about taking another breath, and suddenly, after all these years, I finally found something that makes me feel good about myself – my novel.

For those of you that have had the awful pleasure of following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been working on a book for SEVEN. LONG. HAUNTING. DRAINING. YEARS. and though I start over again and again, I find myself coming back to that one story, no matter how many new ideas I seem to pen down. There’s just something special about it, something that feels like me. And that’s what I long for.

My advice? If you’re constantly finding yourself starting a new project time after time, and never really sticking to just one, then stop. Pun down the pen, close down the word document. And breathe. You’re forcing yourself to find that next best thing, only to find you’re not proud of it, buy a new notebook and start over.

You need to find that one story that just sticks with you, almost like a bond. Like the bond you have with your pet; unconditional. You should be drawn to your story, you should want to know exactly who lives where, why they got there, where they’re going, everything! Only when you feel that, can you truly be proud of what you’ve done. Otherwise, you’re just writing because it’s something else to do.

 

You’ll get there. And when you do, no one can tell you to stop.

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