“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
—Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Stop writing. I mean it. Step away from the computer, put down your pen, and do something else. The best way to write well is, well, to not. At least for a while.
I discovered this by accident when I was writing my first novel, Evenfall. I’d gotten about one-third of the way through the story when I became stuck. I put it aside, and then life happened, by which I mean that I had a daughter, and then a son, on top of a fairly busy freelance calendar and a barn full of horses to care for. The novel got pushed to the side.
And yet, I found myself thinking about ...