This week has been a struggle. Two months into the edit of The Queen of England: Coronation, I thought I would be closer to finishing. I thought I would be wrapping up a first draft I would be pleased to share with any number of readers and moving on to work out a cover and some of the other fun marketing stuff. Instead, I have approximately
estimated 15,000 more notes I want to include, a character I just added and a ton of missing letters from a secret admirer.
The rational part of my head knows the suggestions, edits and bits of history will serve to make a stronger novel. The unmotivated part of me says, ‘Fuck it, why aren’t we done with this thing yet?’ The two sides are not playing nicely and while I have been making progress, I am fairly desperate to move on.
Taking a break feels wrong, but maybe a week off would give me some much needed clarity.
Have you ever taken some time off of a long term project? How did you kickstart your motivation?
No, I shouldn’t start writing another book, RIGHT?