Writers write

These past few months have been crazy. The launch of my debut novel. A complete rewrite of my second. And amid all that, life. Friends and family and house and dogs and workouts and parties and showers and hair and travel. Like I said, crazy. Looking back, I wonder how any of us survived it. How I remembered to pick up the kids and cook the family dinner and show up on time for anything.

And then, somewhere in the middle of all the insanity, I told my husband (okay, so maybe I promised and swore) I would take the rest of the year off from writing and just be.

Already I regret it.

Because now that my second book is turned in to my editor, now that I’ve got time to read and think and yes, take daily showers again, my third novel is reeling me back in with a force I can’t ignore. I hear the characters in my head, telling me their new thoughts, suggesting new and unexpected twists to their stories. I see the new scenes play out like a movie across my brain, a whole new plotline that will make the others pop. I want to hole myself up in a cabin somewhere and get it out. I don’t want to just be. I want to be and write.

Maybe that’s the lesson here, that I need to figure out a way to do both. To spend a good chunk of the day getting words onto the page but then learn to close my laptop at a decent hour and enjoy the evening with my family and friends. To not get so caught up in my story that I shove aside everything else, including personal grooming, to get it out. To give myself time and permission to be while I write.

Because ultimately, no matter how funny and irresistible the characters are in my head, the ones who star in my my real, everyday life matter so much more.

About Kimberly S. Belle

Kimberly Belle grew up in Eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Kimberly lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and has worked in marketing and fundraising for various nonprofits. She's the author of two novels, THE LAST BREATH and THE ONES WE TRUST (August 2015). She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam. Keep up with Kimberly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KimberlyBelleBooks), Twitter (@KimberlySBelle), or via her website at www.kimberlybellebooks.com.

Posted on October 31, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Yes, my husband has said several times over the years that I should “step away” for awhile and “take a rest” from the writing thing. I almost always don’t listen but it IS a good idea. I know that when I go back to my writing after a break that I really do see things that were invisible to me before. It’s all about balance, right?

  2. Please let me know when you figure out the secret!!!

  3. One excellent reason to find a balance is to avoid burnout. The end of the year will be hear soon, and you’ll be able to get those fingers back on the keyboard. 🙂

  4. I hear you, ladies. Thanks for the words of encouragement, and Tracy, I’ll definitely let you know! 😉

  5. Nothing like a break to get the words flowing. Congrats on your success!

  6. That’s an important lesson all creative types should learn: balance!

    Maybe you can compromise and write, just with no deadlines or expectations? Hopefully your hubby understands this need in you, and will go easy on you if/when you reneg on your agreement.

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