Why I Haven’t Written

Dear Friend,

I haven’t written for quite some time, and you may be wondering why. The truth is, in addition to wedding planning, I’ve been busy writing other things. I don’t mean that to sound cliche, like I’ve been seeing other people. But I do feel you deserve to know what exactly I’ve been up to…

This past spring I began a new job where I get to write for a living; I write important communications and articles about people and events. It is exciting and I genuinely enjoy what I do. But by the time I come home, I’m not in the mood to write. If you’re lucky enough to have a job that integrates one of your passions, you may understand exactly what I mean. All artists reach a point where they need a break–whether it’s for a cup of tea, or an hour staring mindlessly at the TV.

When I am in the mood to write in my spare time, I’ve been working on my latest book. It’s much different than my first book, The Wounds That Don’t Bleed and, to be honest, it is much more difficult to write. Not only is it more difficult because of the subject matter, but because I am determined to push myself in ways that I didn’t care to the first time around. For example, even though I don’t personally like reading too much detail which is reflected in my writing, I’ve been trying to find a better balance between too much detail and not enough. 

While the book is technically already written, as any decent author will remind themselves, the first draft is garbage. I approach editing each chapter with the knowledge that I may have to rewrite the entire thing. In fact, so far, that’s all I’ve been doing. As a fiction writing professor once told me, “Sometimes you have to kill your darlings.” I’ve killed so many chapters, and the book is becoming stronger as a result. 

I don’t expect to release this book for a few years, and that’s ok. Not all dreams have to have a tight deadline. The important thing is that we don’t forget about them altogether.

What have you been up to lately? Have you been working towards achieving any goals?

With Love,

Paige E.

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