by Jemi Fraser
It's that time of year when many people look forward and back to see where they are - to re-evaluate their position in their lives and see how they're doing with their goals. In that theme, today I'd like to talk about Fresh Starts.
I like Fresh Starts - they're exciting and invigorating. To me, there's nothing quite like that initial blank page - so full of potential and possibilites.
But a fresh start doesn't have to be a brand new project. It can be a chance to rework an older ms that's been sitting on the shelf for a while. For me, it's impossible to see a project clearly unless it's been sitting for a few weeks - and even then, it's better if I've written or revised another project in the meantime. Then my eyes and my brain are fresh. I don't know about you, but my brain hangs on to certain phrases. Without that simmering time, I can read right over issues because my brain knows what I really wanted to write in the first place.
But once I've had that time, I can see the project with fresh eyes. I fall in love with my characters again and see where the problems lie much more easily!
So a fresh start might not be a fresh project, but an older idea or ms that's been marinating while you've worked on something else.
What kinds of fresh starts do you like best? Do you let your projects simmer while you work on something else?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs and tweets while searching for those