Writer Recharge: The Art of Not Finishing

Writer Recharge

First things first, I did not reach my goals. Not a single one. And you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that.

Instead of finishing my WIP, I read a couple (okay, more like half a dozen) books. What? My brain needed a break.

Instead of finishing my WIP, I hung out with some amazing writers in California (and online through #WriterRecharge!) and made some life-long writing friends.

Instead of finishing my WIP, I rewrote chapter one and have something so much better now that I re-read it at least once a week just to remind myself that sometimes feeling defeated is the best thing for me because I’m stubborn, dammit, and don’t give up easily.

Instead of finishing my WIP, I went on walks with my husband and went to our college homecoming game and pretended to be social.

Instead of finishing my WIP, I found a renewed excitement for my story and my characters.

And to me, that’s really what this whole month was about. Wanting to write, to get my story out of my head and onto the page, instead of feeling like I had write because it’s what’s expected when I’m a writer. I added about 13,000 words this month (in addition to rewriting most of chapter 1). And I feel like the end is almost in sight.

So, thank you to the amazing brains behind Writer Recharge. I so needed this.

16 thoughts on “Writer Recharge: The Art of Not Finishing

  1. Alison Miller says:

    “pretended to be social” – love it. That is SO ME.
    And it sounds like you accomplished A LOT. And took time for what’s important. And falling in love with your story and characters is what it’s all about, IMHO. That, and making wonderful friends and connections. So glad you could do all that!

    • Thanks, Alison! I’m so antisocial, it’s ridiculous. 🙂 Give me a book and I’m happy. I hope you had a good month as well! I need to go read everyone’s blogs and get caught up. 🙂

  2. You absolutely have this 100 percent right. Goals are great. Meeting goals is great. Finding love for yourself and your WIP is better–best even. Thanks for joining us this month

  3. Stephanie Scott says:

    Glad you had success even if it was different than what you expected at the start of the month. You sound like a flexible person, which is an asset (especially in publishing!). Glad to have networked with you a bit through the blog challenge

  4. Wow – I would call this a huge success! Congrats on not achieving your goal of finishing your WIP – I didn’t either, but what I did achieve meant much more in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for joining us – I can’t wait to do it again next February!

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