What I learned When Not Writing
Written by
Nino Gugunishvili
January 2019
Written by
Nino Gugunishvili
January 2019



 It’s January 2nd today. The second day of the 2019, I’m alone at home, and I’m writing. Here in Georgia, January the 2nd is the fortune day, or a faith day as we call it, which means, you have to really try and have a wonderful day, doing something you love, or spending it with the people you love, because whatever you do it becomes your faith, and what’s better than writing, if that’s what you want to do and what you hope, your life will be centered around in the new year and in the more coming years ahead?

When I think back of 2018, in terms of actually writing my second novel, I might not have done much. I started and interrupted. I moved forward and stumbled; I edited and rewrote, and restarted again, progressing really slowly, but I gained something entirely different in the process. That experience of not writing, unexpectedly showed me how not to write, what to write, and how to try and express myself more clearly, more honestly. The not writing transformed me and changed me and it helped me to discover what kind of story I really wanted to tell. Even if I wasn’t writing daily, I had more time to think and reflect and most importantly, during the not  writing, I finally accepted  that the initial story was drastically changing along the way, and that was perfectly fine. 

The not writing helped me to find the plot, the narrative and the characters. In fact, it helped me find the structure, where I could fit all the characters in. It wasn’t easy. The more I wrote, the more women  characters were coming in, but they felt fractured for me, I couldn’t find the place for all of them in my new manuscript and  had to cut some of them off, shut them down, but the thing was, I didn’t want to. I also didn’t want to write a novel, resembling my debut one. I rewrote again, and piece by piece, note by note, I discovered, that instead of a full length novel, I’m possibly writing a series of short stories now, and as much as it's challenging, it’s fascinating. Stay at home moms, war reporters, cooks, or doctors they will now each have their own story, a short story, a collection of short stories! The 2019 is to be theirs hopefully.




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