Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Morning (or Two) After

Okay. So I felt a euphoric rush after finishing a draft of a new book on Monday. Wow! What a feeling! And all that jazz! Only here's the part the comes after--you don't know what to do with yourself. You feel at loose ends. You have a hard time focusing. You feel bleh.

I guess I could dive IMMEDIATELY into re-writing, only I've learned from experience that it's good for me to put a project aside for a little while. I come back to it with fresh eyes that way, which helps me in the revision process. But I do feel this hole in my writing soul for a bit.

I've beeen trying to decide what to do until January, when I'll start re-writing. Fortunately the holidays provide a pleasant distraction. Bring on the lights! The music! The cheeseballs and bacon-wrapped scallops! I guess I could start another novel--I have a few ideas in mind--but for me it's hard to commit to a second novel while I'm still involved with the first. I'm kind of monogamous that way. Maybe I should focus on generating a few magainze articles. I just sold one to THE WRITER. Maybe I ought to go there . . .

Anyway. There you have it. The ups and downs of it all.

4 comments:

shelley said...

I plan to be a total bum after Monday, December 1st when my thesis rough draft is turned in. Read some books I've been wanting to finish, cuddle with my husband and my two big dogs, sleeeeeeep and eat. If I were you, I'd just revel in how much you've completed, and relax.
Oh, and see Baz's "Australia" coming out tomorrow. And visit your friend in Utah Valley. I'd love for you to see our house and meet our pooches.

Lisa B. said...

Maybe just take copious notes on what you might do if you were to start new pieces of writing? That seems like writing, it's a precursor to writing--well, really, it IS writing. But it's not actually starting the new writing. Also, it allows for desultoriness and relaxation and rejuvenation and bacon-wrapped scallops. Bring those on, sister.

Sara Z. said...

CONGRATS! on finishing a draft. And just in time to totally enjoy the holidays. During which I will be doing a hellatious revision. Hooray!

Pink Ink said...

Congrats on selling the article to The Writer!

I am finishing a draft of a novel while one sits and waits for me (impatiently) to rewrite it and I am a little scared to death to see how it looks in daylight.

But I know eventually I will have to go there...