Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hope and Timing.



Have you ever had a project that makes up the essence of who you are? A project that you feel SO passionate about, you know deep in your bones that it’s the one that will always hold a sacred place in your heart?

Perhaps it’s the first book you wrote and think it deserves another chance, or perhaps it’s one that you submitted too early, knowing it wasn’t ready yet, or maybe it’s a book that you haven’t dared write yet because you’re too scared to dive in, knowing what it’s going to take.

I have such a book… and to be working on it again feels like SUCH a miracle. I thought my shot with this book was gone, and to have hope again? It’s everything. I’ve immersed myself in this world this past week and it’s soooooo interesting how taking such a long break away from it has helped me see things more clearly. I can easily see what wasn’t working and what can be better and what I want the flavor of the story to be… etc.

And you know what’s interesting? I’m glad that things haven’t aligned with this book yet. I’m glad that I get to rework it. Because the story deserves another chance. And I wouldn’t want it to debut without it living up to its full potential.

I think some books can be what they are and not need special attention or not need a bazillion revisions. But the ones that are special? The ones that have that extra magic that resonates with you?

Take heart. Let it sit. Allow it to simmer and take its time. Because I CHOOSE to believe it’ll be worth it in the long run.

So while I KNOW it’s hard to face rejection or face writer’s block or face moments of doubt, be GLAD when those doors haven’t opened yet—because in the long run, it can definitely be a good thing.

Yes? No? Know what I mean? 


Red. Head. Out.

35 comments:

  1. I know whatcha mean!! And good for you home-girl!! Keep writing and keep truckin along and pretty soon we will make a truckers hat that says "writers have more fun...introverted, on a keyboard, and in their imagination." :D

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  2. OMG, YES! I know exactly what you mean. Some stories are just in your bones. I have one of these, obviously, and I've put so much into it. I'm still hopeful for it, but I've already made the by hook or by crook declaration: This book will see print.

    In the mean time, I make myself better so I can bring this story out in all of it's awesome. (we really are cut from the same cloth!)

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  3. Because if you rush it, you'll just spoil the magic.
    Glad you are back in that special place again with your story.

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  4. I've experienced some of that "simmer magic" myself, recently. Glad to hear things are starting to come along, again, with your project and always glad to see you posting stuff :)

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  5. Sometimes we need time away, but those stories don't go away if they need to be told. Good luck with your future progress!

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  6. Well, it can be a good thing if you choose for it to be. It can just as easily be a bad thing.
    It's all in the power of choice.

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  7. I am SUCH a huge believer in this. I set aside a book that I wrote in 2009, and just pulled it out this spring. I have a few other (too many to count) books that i started, and knew I wasn't good enough to write that story yet, or knew the timing wasn't right. I think SO often people get in a rush to push the story out, and they lose out on that special magic that comes when we really take the time to DO IT RIGHT. Awesome post.

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  8. Oh, yay. I'm glad you still love it and know better how to make it right!

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  9. Finding that magic once more sure makes it all worth while at your shore

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  10. I know what you mean, for sure. The book I just released was that book for me. It's so close to me that I hardly marketed it. I wish you luck on yours! I have a feeling there will be more than one of these in my life too. That's scary and cool at the same time. :)

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  11. I know what you mean. For me it was a painting I did many years ago. It was a very emotional piece.

    By the way, have I mention how much I like the look of you site here? 'Cause I do.

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  12. I completely know what you mean! I have one story I keep going back to after eight years. It still isn't right yet. But the cast of characters won't let me go. They're special to me.

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  13. I totally know what you mean. And this post makes me all kinds of happy for you. Go Morgan!

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  14. I do. I do. Microwavable Jiffy Pop Popcorn stories are great, but some of those special stories require time to age like fine wine.

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  15. I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes putting 'the one' aside for a while is the right decision. A fresh perspective is always a good thing. Yay for re-discovering the one.

    Ellie Garratt

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  16. I definitely know what you mean. My special book has been on a long rest and Ive just started to play around with it again - it's scary and awesome!

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  17. Aloha:)

    Hey, I'm down with you coming up with some new eyes for that old, special project :)

    You know I wish you only the best with the Spring Cleaning and Summer ideas that will make us all Fall down in our chairs with glee as we celebrate a Winter of contented reading of your future success :)

    Grass. Skirt. Out :)

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  18. Sometimes you have to wait until the time is right. Sounds like you're there.

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  19. I walk away from my stories for years. The one I am editing and sending out today, was most likely written years ago. I need the time away to get that perspective you're talking about. Have fun with it Morgan. I can't wait to buy your book!!

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  20. I've been having these exact sames thoughts on a particular story I walked away from. Lately I've been feeling more and more like it's time to get back to it after a long hiatus. Thanks for this post, it's the push I needed to finally dive back in!

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  21. I'm nodding, Morgan. This is sooo true!
    I'm happy for you, too. Immerse yourself and enjoy! :)

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  22. I have a number of stories and characters of the heart, most particularly my first Russian historical. I also feel called back to my 18th and 19th century characters, whom I created when I was all of 5 or 6 years old. (They were originally contemporary.) If I could remember them all these years, maybe they were really meant to be, but only could be done justice by an adult writer.

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  23. That's true. That's probably why it took me forever to put together my pub and promo book although I had the material for years. It had to be done right and at the right time.

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  24. I know what you mean, for sure. So happy for you to be working on your book now when the timing is right.

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  25. Hi Morgan - it's funny when things come around and suddenly a cloud is lifted and life rolls - yes today I suddenly feel like that - so can quite understand you're feelings re your book ... things need to align and then all slots into place ... enjoy - cheers Hilary

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  26. So so so true! I have a couple of things that I wanted so desperately to work the first time, but it's only been recently, going back, that I've been able to really make them work. And it's so much more fun now :)

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  27. Morgan, it sounds like you fell in love with your story all over again. Isn't it amazing how timing works? We want things when WE want them, but sometimes not getting what we want when we want it is such a blessing. With such passion behind your work, I can't wait to see where your road takes you <3

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  28. I have a book like that and hope and pray that the day will come that I can write worthy of it. I'm so glad you got to that point. What a wonderful feeling!

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  29. Hey Morgan!

    You can stop your thumb-twiddling! Yep, I'm finally here :) Your book, your baby, your passion kindled with the sparks of inspiration. Timing and going with the feeling of it being right, is such a positive tonic. Well done, Morgan.

    Over and out. You know? You know what I'm sayin'?

    Gary :)

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  30. I definitely know what you mean. I've had some books that I really liked working on, but just didn't turn out right at the time. Sitting on it and letting some time pass always helps. The worst thing you can do is force it and try to get it out there before it's ready. I'd rather put it in a drawer or in the trash than put my name on something that wasn't my best.

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  31. Sounds like it was a blessing in disguise to let it sit till it's appointed time.
    Good luck!

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  32. Red, I know exactly what you mean. That's why Anne Lamott...or was it Ann Rice?...said to never throw anything away. And I don't, for the reason you stated in your post. It's so easy to hit a wall and scrap everything, but I'm of the mindset, "to everything a season," and when the work has reached maturity—sat, ripened, and is ready for harvest—you will know. Everything will fall into place, for it has now found its purpose under heaven.

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  33. I literally threw away a manuscript I had written in college. I was so sick of it, and angry. Wish I could have that book back. I know I could have fixed it! That was a dumb thing for me to do.

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  34. Yes oh yes on all accounts. When I read this, I thought of three different books that matched. The first book, submitting too soon, and the haven't the cojones to write it yet. And this one I'm working on now is one I had to walk away from for awhile. I feel, like you, ecstatic to be back in it, and that it's finally flowing, moving and turning into what I hope will be the best it can be. Love your words here. Thanks for the boost!

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  35. As an Author I understand this. It is an amazing feeling and I am glad you have a chance to enjoy it.

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