Nancy: Post-Book Blues

A few weeks ago, I finished the complete draft of my Victorian romance that will come out this fall. It’s a bit more than a first draft, having already been through first-round revisions along the way, but it was “the end for now,” and my coach asked me what I was doing to celebrate. Around the same time, I was answering a series of interview questions, and one of them was, “How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?”

I didn’t have an answer for either of them.

The truth is, I don’t celebrate the end of a stage of the creative process so much as mourn it. And curling up in a blanket on the sofa, rewatching episodes of Dead to Me and Santa Clarita Diet, staring at the pile of TBR books I’ve been so anxious to read but now don’t have the energy to tackle, probably isn’t the answer they want to hear.

Taking Comfort in Community

As it turns out, the post-creativity slump isn’t all that unusual. When interviewed for an article on the Fast Company website, film writer/director Jeffery Lando talked about having post-movie depression. He captured one of the elements of my own creative journey. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Writer Reboot

computer_reboot_buttonJanuary was a busy month at Ye Olde Day Job. It started off with some high priority projects and ended with everybody’s favorite activity, the Annual Performance Review.

Though it can be a pain, the review process is a good opportunity to look at what was planned, what happened, and what did and did not work. After finishing the reviews at work, I thought it would be a good exercise to repeat the process for my writing.

It did not go well.

When we started blogging here almost 2 ½ years ago, I think it’s fair to say we all had high hopes that we would finish the book we were working on before too long and move on to the next phase in our writing. I for one did not expect to still be trying to completely finish that first book.

I know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but . . . . Continue reading