Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday ... Between Projects

Very recently, I reclaimed one of my work days as a writing day. That means I have the incredible privilege and pleasure of having two full days per week to write, 8:00am-5:00pm. I am very excited about being able to do that.

But ... on Monday, I finished another manuscript. It's the one that I'd interrupted (twice) so I could work on other stuff, so it took me longer to complete than usual. And now that I'm done, and waiting for revisions ... I have time on my hands.

I'm not sure this is a good thing.

I have revisions coming my way very soon. For not one, but THREE projects. But that might take a few weeks, maybe even a month. And in the meantime ...

What do you do when you're between projects? Do you celebrate, happy to have accomplished your task for the time being? Do you blog? Beta? Tweet? Er ... spend time with friends? Watch television? Or do you do what I do and climb the walls because your mind is just that restless?

AND! Here is something I am very excited about: On Monday, Dawn Rae Miller will be guest blogging to discuss her book LARKSTORM. We had a little conversation that ranged from how her protagonist deals with cognitive dissonance to what's required to successfully self-publish. I hope you'll come back and see what she has to say!

24 comments:

  1. Take time for yourself. You could step out and do something you haven't before or read in a different genre than you write. All is research. None of that time away from writing will be wasted.

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Read! Reading relaxes me, and gets rid of any guilt about 'not working' - because technically, it all adds up to help improve our writing ability and knowledge of the market. And it's fun.

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  3. Good question. I'm going mad after only two days without something to edit. I'm really hoping that I didn't make the wrong writing decision in my moment of insanity.

    :-)

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  4. I'm jealous of your two full days to write, BUT...I'd read. Study the craft. Do something you've wanted to do but couldn't previously find the time. I see what you mean, though. After writing, writing, writing, you can feel a little lost not writing anymore.

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  5. I'm doing a happy dance that you've finished the ms. :D

    I usually work on another project while waiting for feedback. I find that's a great time to start planning a new project.

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  6. I love how organized you are. I always seem to have a project in the works...but I relax when I can. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Congratulations on geting so much achieved and being so focused. I try to take some me time if I feel I've been working hard at my writing and need a break and some extra curricula stimulation.

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  8. I'm curious to know more about your revision process ... when you say you have revisions coming your way in a month? Hmm.

    Otherwise, I read when I'm taking a break from writing, and I spend time with youth. Since I write YA, the more time I spend amongst them, the better! I judge HS speech and debate competitions, and I work with the youth at church. And ... I have three teenagers at home. So, I am always busy!

    Have fun with your revisions. :)

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  9. Hi Margo--I mean that I'm expecting revision notes from other people, if that's what you were asking?

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  10. i cant sit still either. theres always housework, but why would i do that? i would give my family the wrong impression and then theyd expect a clean house all the time! if i get to a sit still point, i look at what blogfests are coming up or my to do list of things that get put off. or write a short story. or research agents. or work on query...never an end of stuff for me to do!

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  11. Start a NEW project, either writing or something entirely different. Your choice. (Oh, the freedom of it all!)

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    1. Haha--I wish I could, but my agent would KILL me. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating. You can ask her.

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  12. A whole day for writing? I wonder what that's like. It sounds wonderful, but I'm sure it can be like work sometimes.

    I just finished my pass, as you know, so I'm blogging more, and critiquing a friend's novel, but I suppose someday, after I've proved I can get published, I'll just jump right into the next book. At least I hope I will.

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  13. Not sure - I never seem to get everything off my plate at the same time.

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  14. I'm never between projects, so I'm not familiar with the feeling!

    I have 3 projects in various stages of revisions, and at least 4 in the idea/outline state waiting in the wings. I have always been someone with a constant stream of ideas, but this has gotten magnified since I had my child 2 years ago. With my writing time severely curtailed, everything is moving much slower than usual, and the backup keeps growing!

    Congrats on finishing your manuscript. That is always a wonderful feeling!

    Kerry

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  15. Between projects I feel like a lousy writer and sink into a deep depression because I end up staying there for so long! I do not recommend it as a process, really. I'd suggest celebrating the finished MS (yay, congrats you!), reading books you maybe didn't have time for, and generally enjoying life, because it all makes its way back into the writing in some form, doesn't it?

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  16. Well back in the fall, I thought I'd be getting into revision notes fairly soon, so I was reluctant to start anything new. But they didn't come and they didn't come, and I couldn't stand it. I decided to play with a new project ... just a little.

    30k later, I'm still writing, and the revision notes haven't come yet. Now it feels like a race. How much of this first draft can I get done before I get them?

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  17. Between projects...I write. I write anything I want, however I want, for as long as I want. Snippets, summaries of stories (never) to come, dialogues, whatever. Just for fun. :)

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  18. Awesome! Looking forward to the Monday post!

    In between things, I usually just vegetate (e.g. TV) to let my brain rest OR I read. Nothing like reading to get the ideas going again. :)

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  19. I would find ways to catch up on social relations, or other projects that were set aside... walk in nature (because it soothes my spirit), blog, and yeah, catch up on some reading!

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  20. I like to read between projects. :)

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  21. I'm never intentionally between projects, but it does work out that way. My NaNo novel sits idle now, waiting for me to go plug up plot holes and rewrite scenes etc. But I've got about four library books that I must read, soooo....

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  22. Congratulations! And I say you have a little fun - by entering my one year blogaversary giveaway. :P

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  23. LOL. I start on a new one! No actually, I usually catch up on my TBR list. And then I start a new project!

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