It’s been a while, people. I suffered from mental exhaustion and a bout of laziness following Blurb to Book that seeped into posting. I’m super sorry, and hopefully I’ll be able to produce some quality content in the near future. Now that the excitement of Blurb to Book is behind me, let’s talk about starting something new.
I have a problem settling on a new project once I complete something. I was listening to Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert on Ms. Gilbert’s podcast, Big Magic, where they talked about how when you finish a project you feel like you have nothing left to give another project. You put everything you had into the last one. You’ll never have any more to put into anything else. That’s it; you’re done. Finis!
Dani Shapiro talks about the shimmer or little spark of something that she sees that gets a new project started. She also talked about that drained feeling and the despair that accompanies finishing a project, but then she will see or hear or remember something and the ideas will start to come.
I put all the romantic stuff in me into the book I turned in two weeks ago today. Do I have any more romantic stuff in me? Of course! I have at least twelve ideas tied to the one I just finished. I also haven’t the faintest clue what to do with any of them. I’ve researched and made generic sketches of ideas, but nothing was really grabbing me and not letting go. I know I have to let the ideas percolate until the story is ready to come out. But in the meantime, I need to keep writing something. So what?
I had an idea for something completely different. It’s not romance, not Christian non-fiction, and not literary. It’s kind of creepy, actually. It’s a silly idea, at least it feels silly, and so far it’s a little too like Stephen King fanfic (even though it’s totally NOT), but I’m having fun writing it. It’s just plain fun, which is a nice palate cleanser.
I know you’re dying to know what it’s about, right? What I can share: There’s a group of kids who meet in In-School Suspension in high school who make a pact with each other that impacts the rest of their lives. They are brought back together by the death of one of the group, which sets off a chain of events that may be supernatural in nature or may just be some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy based on a pact that they really didn’t take seriously. I don’t want to say what the pact is, who the friends are, what the consequences are, how the friend dies, or anything like that (and yes, I do know the answers to those questions) because I don’t know what I’ll do with it yet. Maybe I’ll put up a bit on WattPad? I don’t know.
So my question for the writers out there: What do you do when you finish a project? How long do you wait to start something else? How do you get back into the writing groove?