Although it may not always seem that way, writing books is a form of art. As a literary artist, I know firsthand that crafting a novel requires significant time, effort, and mental and emotional energy. An artist has to be in the right place in order to create. Not necessarily the right physical location, but definitely the right mental one. And especially the right emotional one.
Unfortunately, I’m not in that place right now.
I’ve tried and tried and tried to work on my next book and make it into the story I want it to be, but it’s just not there right now. To force it would be a disservice to myself, to you my readers, and to the story. Even though I really, really want to, I just can’t.
The closest thing I can compare it to is a romantic relationship. Relationships require significant time, effort, and mental and emotional energy. And even if you really, really want it to work – even if you’ve met someone who is so amazing it blows your mind – even if you think that the two of you could be grandkids and 50th wedding anniversary fantastic together . . . if you’re not in the right place in your life, it’s not going to work. The fact that the other person is so amazing and so deserving of happily ever after only makes it worse, because you know exactly how great they are and exactly what they deserve – but you also know that for whatever reason you can’t give that to them right now. And you respect them too much to lie to them and waste their time with anything less than your best. There’s nothing you or the other person or anyone else can do about it. You just need time and space to get back to being who you want and need to be.
I know how amazing my readers are. I know how great my next couple of stories are, and I know that Danielle Singleton at her best is capable of delivering a novel worthy of your time, money, and attention.
I can’t deliver that right now, though. I don’t really know why, and I don’t know when I will be again.
I hope you’ll understand. I hope you’ll still be around when I do resume writing. Please know that it is precisely because I respect you so much and precisely because I respect the art so much that I’m going to take a break. So that when I do come back – because I will – I’ll be able to give you what you deserve.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and your patience. You have no idea how much your support means to me.
With warmest regards, I’ll see you soon.