Let me begin with what inspired it all: a blog post by YA author Jessica Khoury which discusses knowing when it’s time to let go of a manuscript and move on as a writer. It’s a really great list of signs to look for to help you decide whether you’re just a little burnt out or if you are really and truly ready to shelve your beloved problem novel.
I found this post during NaNo a couple months ago. In October, I decided I needed a break from Hex, and so for NaNo, I set out to write a novel called The Glass Rose. Finding Khoury’s post was both a blessing and a tragedy, because it made me realize something I’d been denying for months: Hex was holding me back as a writer. And as much as it grieves me, I’ve had to let it go. I adore these characters, and maybe someday I’ll reinvent them, but for now…for now, I have to say goodbye. I wish I could express how sad I am about this, but I know that many of my fellow writers understand.
So here’s what it means for this website. I’m going to leave my Hex pages up for now because I have nothing to replace them with yet. I won’t be revising The Glass Rose, a loose retelling of Cinderella set in 1919 America, until at least next month, and I don’t want to post a first draft excerpt. I’m not sure when I’ll have anything I’m willing to show for the novel I’m currently drafting. But as soon as I’m able, I’ll be posting summaries on the My Writing page.
I have additional things in the works as well, but it’s too soon to tell how those will pan out.
In the next month or two, I’m planning two things you may want to come back and check out:
- My favorite currently-presentable scene from Hex. I want to give it one last send-off, and maybe I’m the only person who really cares one way or another, but it’s something I have to do for myself.
- An update on this website, online activities, and my progress with my new manuscripts.
That’s all for now. See you soon!