There’s always a kind of a letdown when a story’s done. It’s easy to get into a kind of writing paralysis where my brain goes what next? Where do I go? What world do I invent? Which characters will populate it? Or do I read, like I have been, four books in the past week or two? I know only too well that the story isn’t even close to finished after the first draft. There are first readers to hear from, and feedback to incorporate, and there will probably be a lot to change. Second drafts, edit passes, third drafts… While I’m waiting for feedback, it’s easy to get into a state of inertia. I don’t want to lose the momentum from the story that’s been told, but I’m hesitant to dive into the next project right away because I don’t want to lose the connection I have with the story I just wrote.
Yeah, that’s what I call a conundrum. I wish I was organized enough to have a whole series of projects sitting on the back burner just waiting their turn. I have a few, including one I started writing for a submission prompt and realized I’d completely overshot the word count maximum by an order of magnitude. Maybe I’ll challenge myself to rework that this month. See if I can get it finished by the end of the year.
What do you writers do when you’re finished? Do you take a well-deserved break, take time to regroup, or do you forge bravely ahead?