after the storm – #WhatImWriting

This time last week I was all ‘KAPOW! ACTION!’ – I’d just emerged from a huge editing process, had submitted three manuscripts for appraisal and was feeling pretty pleased with myself.beach

In contrast, this week, I’m not sure I’ve written anything at all! No that’s not true, I’ve written some blog posts, including February’s ‘What I’m Writing’ round-up, but I’ve definitely had a bit of a writing slump. It’s probably not a bad thing though – I’m not sure it’s even possible to finish (for the time being) a big project and leap immediately into the next one. There has to be some time to breathe, right?

But it’s been a week. I’ve had my peaceful, post-submission phase and should probably get going with something else now. But what? A big chunk of my brain is just waiting to hear back about my manuscripts. Until I get feedback I don’t know how much more work I’m going to need to do to them and how close I am to being able to submit them to agents/publishers. It feels like the wrong time to fling myself into a new project when in a few weeks I’ll need to throw myself back into the old one.

Do I return to my novel? It’s been so many months, I think I’ll need to read through it in its entirety before I can get going again though. And it’s an emotional, psychological mystery/thriller and, as such, a big leap away from the world of picture books that my brain has been inhabiting. If I’m honest, the novel isn’t calling to me now.

What is calling me is my other novel – the one I’ve barely begun (I’ve only written 7000 words) but which has been flapping around my brain like a trapped insect for years. It’s a kids book. Very different from a picture book but at least it has the elements of magic and adventure that I’ve been working with recently. It makes a bit more sense for me to go back to that doesn’t it?

But then again, if I’m going to end up refocussing on picture books in a few weeks perhaps I should avoid big projects altogether and just focus on my blog while I’ve got the chance. I could do a bit of SEO (which I’m currently rubbish at), that sort of thing?

I don’t know. I’m undecided. Maybe I’ll just pitch camp here on the beach for a bit and wait for the next wave of inspiration to take me.

18 thoughts on “after the storm – #WhatImWriting

  1. Reneé

    I’d say just relish this little bit of quiet time hon. Once the picture books come back there will no doubt be editing to be done… Such an exciting time, really can’t wait to hear the feedback xxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’ve already spent a fair few evenings simply watching telly instead of trying to write so that’s been a nice break! Just don’t want to take too much time off and then lose my writing mojo. I can’t wait for feedback either – so impatient! xx

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  2. Sophie Lovett

    I totally identify with where you are right now. Having submitted my third draft part of me is itching to get back on with my other novel but I also don’t want to get too deep into that only to have to abandon it again when the next wave of feedback comes in! I’m thinking that maybe focusing on characters development/ world building is the way forward – fun, hopefully, and useful in the long run whilst holding back from entirely taking the plunge into another manuscript. Though I have lots of blog stuff to catch up on too… And lots of life stuff… Ho hum. Maybe I’ll just join you on that beach :) xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Exactly – I don’t want to get into a new project and then have to drag myself away from that to edit the picture books again. Character development and world building sounds good… on the other hand, so does the beach! xx

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  3. Iona@redpeffer

    I know exactly where you’re coming from. A little time out for perspective is no bad thing, plus allowing your instinct to lead you sometimes can really help. Having said all of that, the beach does sound appealing :)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I wish I could hear my instincts a little clearer, that’s the only thing. And then there’s the stuff I want to do vs the stuff I NEED to do and it all becomes a bit of a jumble. No wonder the beach is pulling me! xx

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  4. Carol Cameleon

    Love your last line and accompanying picture Maddy! Personally, I’d grab your wellies and a hot chocolate (and chocolate hobnob!) and go for a nice, bracing walk :)

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  5. Emily Organ

    This made me laugh because I feel like I’m juggling my various projects at the moment. While I was researching the best categories to put The Outsider into on Amazon, I was unwittingly writing down categories for the book I’m writing now. It’s very easy to get muddled (hence my post today). I’m always a believer in getting to work on something if there’s an inkling of motivation there, even if it does mean working on something for a few weeks and then dropping it to work on something else. I’ve no idea if that’s the best way to do things but personally I know that if I stall it’s harder to get back to something I’ve left for a while. Do the kids novel I reckon, or you may prefer to enjoy a break! x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I just read through my kids novel this afternoon to see if I could leap back into that again. Have realised I need to seriously think through some plot points! Maybe I should spend some time with my notebook. I can really see how you would end up mixing categories – once a book has you in its grip it’s easy to get caught up in its world isn’t it? xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’m quite tempted by Camp nano – I did it last july and for me, a badge saying ‘winner’ is quite a big motivator. Mulling it over…

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  6. Zoe

    Oh I know how you feel! If it were me, I’d take advantage of this rest. Give yourself some time to re-charge, once the feedback comes your way you’ll be plunged in at the deep end again!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Re-charging is definitely a good thing. Currently struggling to work out where ‘re-charging’ ends and ‘slacking off’ begins though! Hope things are going well with the move Zoe! xx

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  7. Morgan Prince

    Take a break Maddy, give yourself time to re-charge ready for the possible work with your picture books. The other stuff will still be there and I think it’s important to take breaks, especially if you get the chance. Have a cuppa and enjoy. xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Morgan, I just wish I knew how long it was before I’ll get the feedback. Not too long I know (given the time they quote) but the difference between one week and four is quite big! Think I might try re-charging AND doing some unpressured writing…

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  8. Chrissie (@rantybeast)

    Did you get a break? Doesn’t have to be all go all the time (I know, I know.)
    It’s weird when we finish something, isn’t it? We’re so used to having it hanging there staring at us and being able to control when we focus on it that when it’s not there, it’s odd And empty.
    Hope you’re back on track now. X

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’ve dabbled with bits and bobs but I still kind of feel in limbo until I hear back – which is literally any day now (If I don’t hear by Tuesday, I’m contacting them 1st thing wed morning as 30 days will be up!) xx

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