I just finished up a couple of books that were due right after Christmas. It’s always a relief to finish a book and hit SEND on it but after writing back to back projects all of last year, this was something to celebrate. However, the week before my deadline I wondered if I’d ever finish and if I’d even make my word count. So I decided I needed a break and my husband and I took an afternoon off to see the movie “Star Wars: The Awakening.”
I sat there thinking I should be home writing but once I got involved in the movie, I actually figured out what my story needed to make the ending complete. It was so clear I relaxed and watched the rest of the movie without any guilt. When we left the theatre, I told my husband the movie had helped me with my plot line. He looked confused and asked if I was going to use a scene from Star Wars. I said that I wasn’t but that the movie had opened up my creative outlet so I could finish the suspense I’d been working on. He was relieved but still confused.
It’s hard to explain that to someone how a writer’s mind works, but seeing Han Solo and Princes Leia back together and still in love only reinforced what I needed to finish. When I returned to my work, I wrote fast and furious and knew exactly what my characters had to overcome. It worked!
Score one for The Force!!! In the movie, two of the characters say (each not knowing the other one is saying it), “I can do this.” I kept telling myself, “I can do this.” By going to the movies, I was able to do this!
Have you ever had to take a break from a task just so you can find your bearing and get back on task? I’d love to hear how you cope with work or a big deadline. Oh, and may The Force be with you, whatever you’re trying to accomplish!
Here are the covers for two projects I recently finished: