It is finished! We turned in book 8, Raiders of the Lost Bark. Yay!
Once we turn in a book, the question we get asked most often is, “What’s next?”
Besides getting more than five hours of sleep a night?
We refill the creative well.
Writing is exhausting and primarily a solitary occupation. It’s easy to become isolated, spending months thinking, planning, plotting, writing, and rewriting. It requires a significant amount of mental energy to stay focused on a creative project for that long. Yet we only get better by practicing our craft, which means more writing.
By constantly writing, we drain our creativity. At some point we have to give our minds a break. So how do we give back to that source we’ve so thoroughly drained for months?
Well, after a quick celebration with margaritas (you knew that was coming, right?), we begin to take a short mental break from the work and make “refilling the creative well” our main focus. Since we don’t have a beach close by we have to come up with other ideas.
First we reintroduce ourselves to our families who have probably only seen the backside of our heads for weeks. Then we may catch up on all the TV shows our families have recorded for us. Read the books that have been stacked on our nightstands or added to our Kindles while we were on deadline. We try to catch a movie or two, and make a concerted effort to restart our exercise plan of daily yoga and walking. If possible, we’ll attend a writing related workshop or conference. If we had hobbies, we’d probably take them up again after neglecting them for months.
Our favorite way to refill the well is to spend time with our family and friends. We laugh, make new memories, and experience the world through the eyes of our grandchildren. Is there anything better than that? We don’t think so either.
Then after a couple of weeks, once we’ve caught up on housework, social media, and paying the bills we re-evaluate our goals. We prioritize. Refocus on the steps needed to take us further in our writing journey.
And then we start the madness all over again, because writing is our passion.
What about you? How do you refill your well?
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