A few weeks ago, I finished writing the first draft of Elaru. I’d written Estermead in 108 days and then started Elaru the very next day.
After almost 240 days of writing every single day in a row, I had two completed first drafts.
And I was done. The need to write was gone. All I wanted to do was sleep for several weeks.
But instead, in the past few weeks, I kept myself busy with (mostly) writing related things. I’ve edited Estermead into a slightly – very slightly – better second draft. I’ve beta read four books and signed up for three more. (More on that in another blog post.) I’ve done creative writing homework. I even read a book for fun! (Only one so far… but it’s progress.)
But now I’m starting to get the itch to write again. I want to sit at my keyboard and pound out the words. I want to create new characters and bring them to life. I want to explore a new world.
I’ve got an NA Contemporary idea that’s been bothering me for a while. Both NA and Contemporary would be new for me – but I’m thinking that Hanover may be the project I tackle next. We’ll see. Nano is coming and while I’m not sure I’m going to attempt the full 50k, I’d love to get a bunch of this book nailed down quickly.
I’m glad to have the itch back. I missed it.
What do you do when the writing itch disappears? And are you doing Nano?