Thank you, and a temporary farewell.

Dear Readers,

With a conflicted heart, I write to tell you I am taking a break from Your Sentence Here. For the past week or so, an intricate set of ideas for a new novel have been surfacing within me, and they have developed to the point where I can no longer ignore them. I have a tendency to become ensnared by my writing endeavors, and they don’t let go of me until they’ve been fully explored, so I would be lying to myself if I thought I could write short stories in parallel with this book.

Thank you for being a part of Your Sentence Here. This experience has meant more to this wordsmith than he can find the vocabulary for. Your consistent readership and positive feedback have provided me with an affirmation that I have long searched for – undeniable proof that this is what I was meant to do. Writing will eternally be my fiercest, most intoxicating love, and your validation is a tangible reward for the sacrifices I’ve made for her. Tangibility, I believe, in this abstract world of creativity, is something many of us artists spend an uncomfortably long time trying to find.

I hope that the next time you hear from me, it will be to tell you my first novel will be in stores soon, and that my new one is well underway. No matter the circumstance, I promise I will be back with the same intensity I left, and likely more. In the meantime, if you haven’t read all nine of the Your Sentence Here stories, they are accessible through the menu. They love to be read. Without you they’re just words, just dormant seeds longing for the fertile mind of a reader. Thank you for helping my stories come alive, and more significantly – thank you for helping me, come alive.

Sincerely,

Steve

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46 thoughts on “Thank you, and a temporary farewell.

    1. Thank you. Will do. Talent is only a matter of practice. You should have seen some of the garbage I was writing 3 years ago! Try not to let courage get in the way. If you made something you’re proud of, it’s a shame to keep it tucked away forever.

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    2. Your last sentence catches my attention. These were my sentiments all my life until about 2015 when I stopped discarding my writing and started posting it to a blog. I’ve been thinking since then, from early 2016, to publish two collections of short stories and then a novel. Please keep your dream alive by working towards its realization.

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  1. I like this idea of jacking it all in temporarily when you sense a novel is near. Will you stop working? I was thinking of taking a three month break for the exact same reason. When an idea takes a hold of me, I feel lets get this down now. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, David. I can’t afford to stop working without dipping into debt. It’s a romantic thought to run away for a while and write a book and one that I have thought about several times before, but I don’t think it would be worth the risk, because there would be no guarantee of immediate income from the book to pay that back. I think my writing would suffer under that kind of stress and urgency to finish.

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  2. Noooooo Steve your the only writer friend who comments on my blog I need you don’t be selfish!!! ( To be fair this is the first time I’ve logged in since August as I’m now doing an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication). Best of luck but please come back soon I would like to plagiarise your ideas!

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    1. Hahaha. As always, Megan, you are good for a laugh. Fear not, I will still make time for your posts when I see them in my inbox. Speaking of which, I see you have a new one, and I plan to read it soon. Good luck with your MA! That’s exciting news!

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  3. You’re gone for a while but will never be forgotten. The literary nourishment you provided will be sorely missed. To this extent, I eagerly await your return with that needed literary nourishment, whose providing requires your current absence.

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    1. Thank you, Edward, for the kind and thoughtful words. Rest assured the journey is still very much active. I’m about 100 pages into the second novel. I’ve had to take a few breaks to work on pieces for contests, but I always come back to it. My goal is to finish the first draft by the summer. I am also still querying for the first novel. One way or another, more of my writing will surface soon. Thank you for the support!

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