Friday, January 9, 2009


Or, the letdown. I couldn't decide on the title.

I've finished my latest novel. I'm very happy with it, initial beta feedback has been great, gearing myself up to do the synopsis and all the other business-related things I need to do in order to ship it to my agent.

It's a great feeling to write "the end", but it also leaves me feeling lost and aimless until I determine what I'm going to be writing next. At the same time, my brain is tired and would like a rest of some kind. Only, not too much of one.

I know I need to get away from the completed MS for a few days, because I need the space in order to write a good synopsis. I also don't want the next book to sound like a continuation of this one (since I'm working on a different series next, not the next book in the current one), so some distance is necessary.

My husband thinks I should just relax, go to bed early, maybe not even write for a couple of days. But...not write? Not WRITE?

Uh, I think I have some short story I could work's nothing like the book I just finished...I'm sure it'll be good for me to work on it. (Not write??? What is the man thinking?!?)

Cheryl Walker

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Anonymous WKEverhart said...

Finishing a novel is a great thing. Congrats. Moving on? That's a horse of a different color. Me? I CAN'T write for a few days after finishing a book. I focus so completely on the storylines of my novels, that anything I might write immediately afterwards somehow ends up with similar characters and ideas. Me? I'd take that long sleep your husband's reccommended. You never know. Something might go bump in the night. :D

January 11, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Gini Koch said...

You're probably right. My crit partner says that I'm always like this when I finish, I just forget about it once the new book is rolling.

I guess it's the long sleep for me. Which sounds like a Raymond Chandler novel...hmmm...ideas, ideas...:-D


January 12, 2009 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One step closer to publication, as Martha would say "It's a good thing".


January 13, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Gini Koch said...

Very good point, Mary! And hoping this one rings a couple of bells, all things considered.


January 13, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

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