Room 101 Revisited – Day 167

I’ve referred to Room 101 before — everyone knows what is in Room 101. Well, I was in there again this weekend for various reasons. So, I made the conscious decision to skip writing yesterday.

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your book is not think about it. At least that’s been my experience.

Because I skipped yesterday, I didn’t have to look at the words with fear and loathing. I didn’t have to decide whether or not my novel was worthy (and by extension, me). I didn’t have to face any demons on a day when I just… couldn’t.

I know that I’ve said that any writing is good writing, and I still believe that’s true. I had the dreaded feeling though that if I looked at the novel yesterday, I might not ever look at it again. (Yes, for the first time since I started writing this novel, I pondered the possibility of not writing it…)

Today I feel much, much better, though that old bugaboo Time is proving to be a stinker again. But at least I want to work on the novel today. That’s the main thing.

Saw this post today from Amanda Hoving about not being a coward. Seemed perfect.

Here’s hoping for some clear writing skies soon.


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2 Responses to Room 101 Revisited – Day 167

  1. Glad you felt like getting back to the writing, Graham. We all need breaks, and I’ve taken plenty that have lasted far longer than one day.

    Thanks for the shout-out, and wishing you well on day 168!

    • Graham Strong says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Yes, it was a strange one. I’ve never had the instinct to purposefully not look at something. (Procrastination, yes. Avoid on pain of death(ish), no.)

      I’m hoping to get some novel writing in later this evening…

      Thanks again!


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