something in the genre of imagination

Letting Go of Dreams

something in the genre of imagination

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they are yours. If they do not, they never were.” Whether that’s true as a general principle I don’t know, but lately it seems like an appropriate metaphor for what I’ve been experiencing with my writing. I’ve been letting go lately. All of my dreams about writing and the projects I’ve been working on so hard for the last several years are up in the air for me in some ways. I’m putting them on temporary hold and wondering if perhaps love and dreams have something in common.

A Time to Rest

I’ve been in editing mode for half a year and I am a bit antsy to write something new, to start on the next project I had planned. I had hoped to be getting The Last Motley ready for print by now, but the feedback from my editors and beta readers is coming back that it’s not quite up to snuff. So I am currently starting on the 4th draft of The Last Motley. I’m not sure where this project is heading right now, to be honest. While I’m dying to test the fantasy waters, I’m not sure this book is going to make the cut. We’ll see how it looks after the 4th draft, but I may just sit on this one and move on to other projects once this draft is through. It would be awful to have spent close to a year on this book only to drop it, but that’s kind of where I am going with the whole “let it go” motif. I’m hoping that by resting, by letting things sit on the shelf, that I’ll be able to gain a better perspective and see if this book “comes back to me.”

freedom flight

Books of Summer

But as cloudy as things are looking on the writing/editing side of things, there are a couple of neat projects in the works on other fronts coming up this summer that I wanted to let you in on. First off, the irrepressible Brock Eastman is hosting a summer reading challenge over on his site. Let me just say that it is going to be HUGE. He is giving away so many books, he had to break them into three separate categories. And these are paperbacks, not just digital copies. One of the books in the giveaway will be Into the Vast. Be sure to check this challenge out if you’re looking to find out about some great new authors. There are a zillion reading suggestions for your summer reading on his site.

And then there is something I’ve been working on with fellow authorial conspirator Jenelle Schmidt for quite some time that will be coming down the pike in June. What is it? Well, it’s going to be a sort of “Fantasy Oscars” online awards ceremony, but with a unique twist. I won’t go into the details now, but we have a bunch of talented writers involved. I can’t wait to introduce the line up Jenelle has put together. And the best part is that you’ll be able to participate in the nomination process and vote for the winners!

Really cool.

So if you let go of your dream will it come back to you? I sure hope so. A time to work and a time to rest. A time to hold on and a time to let go. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Let’s see what the summer will bring!

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Comments (6)

  1. J. L. Mbewe May 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Oh! I am sorry you are facing this. I know writers (as well as any creative pursuit) are rocked with challenges, self-doubt, and such. I think there is a benefit from stepping back and giving yourself time to rest and process. I hope you do find your “dream” coming back to you at the end of your break. The creative struggle: living life balanced between reality and dreams, eh? Is there something I can do to help?

    I am so excited for what you have lined up though! Here’s to summer and a time to rest! (As soon as I get through May, I will be starting my own time of rest right after June 4th.)

    • DJ Edwardson May 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks, J.L. for your kind and encouraging words. Just writing and leaving that comment means a lot. If you can, just pray that I will grow as a writer and keep my focus on God through the ups and downs.

      And yes, I’m so excited about our upcoming project. It should be great fun!

  2. Abbey May 6, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I agree with J.L.: There is tremendous benefit to stepping back from a writing project. I know that whenever I distance myself from a project for a few weeks or months and then come back, I’m less involved so I’m able to look at the story with less bias. Usually, I can see the flaws clearly and can see how the fix them. I think the same is true with people’s critiques of your work… It can be exciting to get people’s comments, but not if they aren’t what you wanted to hear. That can be hard, but time can soften the blow and help you come back with a less involved look at critiques, too. I encourage you that, even if you do step back from The Last Motley for awhile, to come back to it eventually (whether that be in a few months or a few years) because it really is a great story! It has so much potential. I’d love to be able to read it in paperback one day.
    Hurray for summer! I’m looking forward to all that it will bring.

  3. Jenelle Leanne May 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Stepping back can be good. I stepped back from The Minstrel’s Song for 4 years before I set about republishing the first two/publishing books 3-4.

    I really do hope that this isn’t the end of The Last Motley, though… because I really enjoyed it quite a lot.

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