I’ve recently had to pause one of my writing projects. I tend not to discuss the contents of my various works in progress because drafts can change drastically over their lives. It feels like I am jinxing myself when I provide too many details. However, I feel compelled to explain why I am letting one WIP rest for now.
Around the start of the year I mentioned that I was inspired to begin writing a coming of age story. What I didn’t say was that the narrative deals with the early 1990’s and a family that immigrates from the former Yugoslavia to the United States as refugees. I’ve known several people who came to the US under those circumstances. Some of them became good friends of mine. Regardless of that personal connection, most of the people I know immigrated over 20 years ago. There was time to reflect. There was distance.
Last week eliminated that distance.
As most of the world knows, the United States government recently released horrific orders to deny the entrance of refugees from many countries in the Middle East. To say that I am struggling with how to process these events is an understatement. Writing about immigration and the complex experience of refugees is vital now more than ever, but given current circumstances, I feel the need to step back and reconsider the narrative I want to tell. When we write about the past, we often are writing about our present as well after all.
So that manuscript will rest. The wait won’t hurt it any, and hopefully when I return to it, I will have more focus.
Of course all of this is theory for right now. I think that stepping away for a moment will help me. That is what I think. But sometimes when emotions and adrenaline run high odd things crop up in my works in progress. Time will tell.
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