You’ve been slaving over your manuscript for the past several weeks/months/years and have finally sent it to the publisher or agent. Alternatively, like me, you’ve entered it into a writing competition. The agony of word choices is over but now you have the pain of waiting and this sucks because in some cases you are waiting months to hear back. So what do you do?
Well there are a number of options. You can dive right into the next project, emptying your mind of what you have just sent off, or you can go the other way and laze around for a bit, enjoying the extra time you suddenly have. I, apparently, like to do a little of both.
I saw the housework which had accumulated and tackled that straight away, happily contemplating my TBR pile that had recently built up. But then there was a little tickle in the back of my mind, one that I ignored at my own risk. This tickle became unbearable at 5 in the morning , waking me up from a sound sleep and demanding to be taken notice of. It was another story idea, a fresh one that is not exactly complete yet, but there is enough of it to start.
There are no plans for this story, it merely exists at the moment for my own amusement, but it has cemented something for me. I am a writer, a teller of stories and I will be till my last breath. This fact has nothing to do with being published, or my stuff being read by other people. It is simply a fact about me and one I can’t change, nor would I if given a choice. Getting published is still the goal though, just to be clear.
Now to get back to that story, it’s pretty insistent that it be written. But I’m keen to hear what you do when you finish a project of some sort. Do you dive in to the next one or take a break? Let me know in the comments.
Have a happy and creative week everyone 🙂