I am working hard on the second of three books that I will publish in a new Shannara trilogy starting in August 2012. The first is already written, and I am halfway through the second. The story is working just fine, the characters are interesting to me and hopefully will be to my readers. They are challenging personalities, but in many cases their life spans are short. Anyway, I am pushing hard to finish all three by mid-2012, and it is getting to me. I have come up against the wall of late – not so much the wall of writer’s block as the wall of writer’s exhaustion. I have to remind myself to step back from the rigors or writing every day and take time off to do nothing. I am always surprised that doing nothing is so useful and refreshing. If I do it right, I can step and away and come back again without losing momentum. But first I have to actually step away. Therein lies the problem. Sometimes I can’t make myself do the stepping back when it is so important to keep going because I know what I want to do and I am excited to do it. But life interferes and I am worn down and I just want to sit and stare out the window or watch the Mariners or read a book or whatever. Seems there ought to be a better answer to this dilemma than just trying to muddle through. But I don’t know what it is.

Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.