Fairy tales and folklore have a tradition of putting protagonists in comas. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rip Van Winkle are only a few examples of letting things cool down while the main character takes a prolonged nap. Evil queens are dispatched. Curses are lifted and generally life goes on. It changes the trajectory of the story, like painting oneself out of a corner.
Snow White and the Evil Queen could have gone on like that indefinitely.
How long could Sleeping Beauty avoid new clothes and spinning wheels?
And Rip’s laziness wasn’t going to make much of a story if it didn’t lead to something.
Writers do the same thing. When I get stuck on a story, I work on another story until I feel refreshed enough to get back to the old story. I know other writers who go on retreats or put their work away for a prolonged period of time, hoping distance will give them a fresh look.
Well, I’m currently stuck in a marketing spiral. I’ve written about this before, but I’ve decided to take drastic measures. With book 2 in my Enchanted Path series due before the end of the year, I need to concentrate on it exclusively for the next month. I’m proud that I’ve been able to post every Tuesday for almost a year and intend to continue.
But for now, I need to unplug from social media and blogging. I’m taking a month and a half off to get a better handle on my new draft of A Noble’s Path.
I’ll return in time for the anniversary of my return to the blogosphere with all new insights about fairy tales.