I don’t often take a break from a work-in-progress these days, because with my characters living (and speaking) inside my head 24/7, there doesn’t seem to be much point. When I do take a vacation, however, getting back into my story can be a challenge. Depending on how long my break has been, I’m sometimes able to just read over the last scene or two in order to get my imagination back up and running…other times, not so much.
That’s been the case this week, as I come out of an extended Christmas holiday–my daughter’s flight out was cancelled because of the weather last Friday, so I was able to spend extra time with her, which was lovely…but it didn’t help my writing much, lol! Anyway, after not looking at book 4 of the Grigori Legacy for two solid weeks, I opened up my Sins of the Warrior Scrivener document a couple of days ago, looked at the last scene that I’d begun and had a serious wth moment…because I have absolutely no idea where I was going with that opening. None. sigh
Going back a couple of chapters hasn’t helped, and so I’ve started reading from the beginning of the story. I suppose I could consider this to be a waste of valuable time (I’m hoping to complete the book by the end of March), but instead I’m going to view it as an opportunity. I’m an edit-as-I-go type of writer anyway, so why not do just that? By the time I make it to the end of what I’ve already written, a full one quarter of the book will have had an extra polish, I will be immersed in Alex’s (and the Archangel Michael’s) world once more, and all will be back on track.
Oh, yes…and I’ll also have learned a valuable lesson: no more holidays in the middle of a story! 😀