A Hiatus, or did I just quit?


A break – that’s what I called it.

Things had gone on a different path than I anticipated. I was selling books, but I was focusing on the need for agents and publicists and book signings and talking with people about writing a screenplay for Josephine.

Then, we pulled Josephine – revisions, etc. Then, I started censoring – self-censoring. And that is the proverbial nail in the coffin. White-washing your words in a story might make it “nice” for polite society, but it makes for a lousy story.

And, then, I realized, maybe I don’t want to do this in this way. Maybe I don’t want to do it at all.

So, I took a break, only it wasn’t a break. I quit.

I quit writing. Completely.

No blog posts, no tweets about writing, no short story contests, no #Nanowrimo – not one bit of writing.

I missed it at first.

Then, I didn’t.

Then, I realized I do miss it. I miss the core of what it means to write – being a storyteller.

If you’ve stuck around all this time, thank you. Thanks for being on this journey with me. I hope that 2016 proves to be a productive year for all of us!

About melindamcguirewrites

The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. ------ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, 1950
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2 Responses to A Hiatus, or did I just quit?

  1. Tonya says:

    Welcome back!! I completely understand… took that break once myself. Somehow, writing always finds you again 🙂

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