That void is upon me once again.
You know the one (or perhaps you haven’t reached that stage yet – but you will); that enforced emptiness between reviewing your current WIP and either (delete as appropriate) reviewing it again / waiting for an Agent to respond to your query.
Popular opinion is to leave a reviewed MS for between 2 to 4 weeks (longer, ideally) before looking at it again.
So, you’ve just emerged from a protracted writing / reviewing flurry and you’re still carrying all that creative momentum. It’s rather like lifting a moving bicycle off the ground. You’ve stopped the frame, but the wheels are still spinning.
But what do you do now? Do you;
Start a brand new project?
Start the sequel, even if the original isn’t yet fully formed?
Read (outside your own genre, naturally)?
Begin something constuctive?
Or just chill out and bury yourself under a pile of books?
Ideally, I’d love to just take myself off to the Bahamas for a month and chill before re-embarking on my writing marathon, but sadly, I’ll have to investigate more practical avenues…
The truth is, I’m impatient to crack on with it. So, like a restrained greyhound who’s seen the rabbit circling the track one too many times, I’m ready to do a Usain Bolt. ‘Vengance of Angels’ is rolling again, one year on whilst the Twelfth Draft of ‘A Construct of Angels’ rests.
Although there is my fourth Twilight video I have yet to finish making…
What have you done to fill the void?
Did you just kick off your writing shoes (writing shoes? Now that’s a question for another post) or do you avoid all distraction and open a new Word Document to maintain your momentum?