The Time In Between Writing Projects
I’ve found that sweet spot, the one right after you finish reading a good book, and wrapping up the revisions on a manuscript of your own. A warm glow spreads from the center of my being.
Could this be contentment? This vaguely familiar feeling smells of an overheated computer motherboard mixed with fresh brewed coffee. Intoxicating and comforting, for a moment. I can poke my head out of my cave and soak up some sunlight. My desk will be clean, without the post it note clutter, notepad pages and tear stains. Ahhhh, peace. But, after a short while, I start looking for clouds on the horizon.
I know it won’t be long until my Happy Place begins to looks like an abandoned trailer park. First, I’ll start sorting a few plot ideas I’ve been collecting. Then scratch out some character details and before I realize what’s happened, my tidy little workspace reverts to the dark side.
I’ll stay away from the keyboard for a few days, just to show the Muse who’s boss. Then the itch will start burning deep in my veins, pushing me for another fix, just write a couple of words. “You know to want to,” she says.
I know the glow will be fleeting before I have to sharpen my crayon for the next book. But, until then, I have message for the last manuscript:
Let me enjoy the few days where I get to clear my head until I jump into the next book.