If you are a writer, this is an all too familiar place you’ve been. At least I think all writers have been here.
It’s the twilight zone for writers called between projects. I don’t like this place. I feel purposeless and discouraged. Have you been there?
I dislike this place so much, that I try to have story ideas outlined and ready to go. If I’m ahead of the game, I’ve already written a chapter or two while I’m revising. But this time around, I was really focused on my rewriting, researching agents, and writing my query letter. So focused, that I got nowhere on outlining/plotting a new story.
So, here I am, sitting at the dusty crossroads with my suitcase at my feet and my thumb in the air, waiting for a new idea to come by and offer me a ride. I’m not jumping headfirst into a project until I’m in love and excited. There are a few ideas pulling at me, but they aren’t fully formed yet.
So, I’m waiting. And waiting. And waiting. My critique partners are thrilled, I’m returning their chapters with lightning speed. I’m reading and reading and reading. So, in some regards, this isn’t such a bad place to be.
But I can’t sit and twiddle my thumbs forever. So, there are a few things I’m considering.
1. Analyze books that I love, break them down, piece by piece – so I can learn.
2. Eat Hershey kisses at random moments through out the day.
3. Read lots of books for enjoyment.
4. Eat more hershey kisses at random moments through out the day.
5. Write a short story for submission, which I’ve never done before.
6. Maybe switch over to eating mini peanut butter cups at opportune moments in the day and evening.
7. Watch the Olympics.
8. Watch American Idol while eating Hershey kisses.
9. Plan out blog posts for the next ten years.
10. Write some fun parodies for purely my own entertainment.
What do you do in between projects? I will take any suggestions b/c the Hershey kisses are almost gone.