Alex J. Cavanaugh for organizing this. Writers need all the support they can get.
So today, I want to talk about shelving. Yep, how to deal and what feelings you feel when you put that baby on a dusty shelf.
Recently, I made the decision to tuck a manuscript away. Ya know, give it time and hopefully write my new one and make it shine.
How do I feel? Hurt, embarrassed . . . just plain out sad. This MS is close to me and I think that's part of the problem. It's hard to close the door to it, even if it's temporary. In a way, I feel defeated because I'm a fighter and it's hard for me to give up on something.
How to deal. I've gone through this period of mourning like I've lost a pet. I know, bad metaphor. All I can do is think about it and why it didn't succeed. Those feelings have to be pushed aside. Because I have too many stories to tell and the only way to learn and to grow is to move on. So far, I've listened to some great music, which has given life to my new MS.
Here are some other things to do:
-Confide in a friend especially a writer friend. Let's face it they understand the most.
-Eat some chocolate. Always helps. Chocolate is such a good friend.
-Go out. Get away from the screen that burns your eyes. Whether it's for a walk or a drive, get out. Just don't forget your journal. Trust me, ideas will spring up.
Basically, whatever you do to get ideas and take a break, do it now. You see, shelving is not the end, it's only the beginning. It a second chance. It's giving your MS time to marinate and grow. When you look at it again, you will see it through new eyes and it will live again.
What do you to get over shelving an MS?
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