I’ve had a terrible case of writer’s block for awhile now. It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a word on my work in progress, but that’s a good thing.
I’m sure some of you are thinking, “How is that possible?”
My first novel, Don’t Ask Me to Leave, was a modern retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi. It’s funny, because before writing that novel, I had never really read anything in the genre. Romance novels were not for me, and I’ll be honest that I didn’t read much more Christian fiction than I did anything else.
So, when the idea for my current project, The Soldier’s Wife, settled in my brain, I didn’t question it. First book? Ruth and Naomi. Second book? David and Bathsheba.
And then the #metoo movement really took hold, and I took a big deep breath.
The story that I was writing wouldn’t work in a #metoo world. In our world, there’s no way that David doesn’t come off in a horrible light. There just wasn’t a way to spin the story and not end up with angry hordes on my front step.
So I let it sit–all 12,500 words–and thought.
And I thought for months. I just couldn’t see a way around the problem, but I couldn’t move on to another story, because this one was the one my brain wanted told.
A New Inspiration
A few weeks ago, I started binge-watching the show Criminal Minds on Netflix, and inspiration hit. I know exactly how I’m going to tell my story. I’m still planning to use David and Bathsheba for my inspiration, but this novel is shifting considerably.
My new concept is still called The Soldier’s Wife, but now it’s about a woman who loses her first husband, a soldier, in a terrible incident overseas. She gets remarried, and things are going well–until she is kidnapped. Her kidnapper, a member of her first husband’s unit who has suffered a psychotic break, confuses her family’s past with the story of David and Bathsheba.
I’m still hammering out the details, but I’m already feeling the creative juices start to flow again.
The moral of the story? Sometimes writer’s block isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The story I’m planning to tell now is so much better than the first one I had planned. I tell my students all the time–you can’t force writing. Let it happen. You’ll be surprised where your mind can take you.
Micki Clark is the author of Don’t Ask Me to Leave, a modern retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi set in beautiful Montgomery County, Kentucky, rated 5 stars on Amazon! Get your copy here (https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Ask-Leave-Micki-Clark/dp/1945094117)
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