Fiction Daily.
A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Breathing room
I'm finishing off several projects and others are at last moving into stages where they are manageable. My "writing" vacation ... with my big dictionary, thesaurus, and novel MS, was originally to have started next week, but it's been put off a week and probably will need to move into May or June ... chances are good I won't have a vacation now until Labor Day.

I am not complaining. I have several interesting projects and stories going on, a fun query in the works and a column on Jack Kerouac to begin.

Still, I think back to January and my dreams of working on the novel this spring. I hoped to drop everything and finish a draft by August ... now that seems laughable ... when I get away from it like this sometimes I fear I won't be able to remember where I was going ... or have feelings for the characters ... when I am focused for several days on the book they become real for me and I care about moving them along in their lives. I also lose touch with the outside world ... a necessary cost of writing sometimes.

On Sunday, I attended a teaching by a Buddhist monk on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. The Venerable Kenpo Ugyen Tenzin was in Greenville from his home at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.

I was unable to attend the teaching on Saturday but the Sunday session was very moving. I emerged with a sense of calm and hope.
2008-04-15 11:08:00 GMT
Comments (2 total)
Thanks for sharing feelings of disappointment about not being able to work on the novel as devotedly as you'd hoped at the beginning of the year. The necessary letting go is painful and very common among writers, and your words are a comfort to others who also are frustrated when other priorities usurp our creative work time/energies. Sux having to compromise our dreams in order to live day to day, but in this economy ...
2008-04-15 11:28:51 GMT
Gene ... you make things sound so, well, divinely literary ... I just feel like a failure. Thanks for weighing in on this one. -- MB
2008-04-15 20:49:42 GMT
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