Finishing a big writing project can feel like the end of a love affair. So what do you do when your passion project ends?
And so you’ve finally done it. That big writing project you’ve been working on is finally done. Whether it’s a novel, a collection of short stories or a non-fiction book, you have put your heart and soul into it for months or even years. But instead of a sense of achievement, you may find yourself feeling a little lost.
Writing is a solitary pursuit with no guarantees at the end, so completing a project can feel like an anticlimax. Before you start on the arduous road to querying, if that’s the way you want to go, step back and take some time for yourself.
Take a Break
If you have been dreaming of a holiday or even a weekend away, now’s the time to do it. A change of scene will recalibrate your senses and you’ll be as good as new when you return. Even a trip to the local massage shop, hairdresser or spa could be just the thing.
Tell Your Writer Friends
Whether you meet in the flesh or out there in cyberspace, let your writer friends know that your project is finished. Nobody will understand how you feel better than they will. Don’t think of it as bragging, think of it as inspiring. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my writer friends succeed; I am happy for them and it makes me feel optimistic about my own writer future.
Reconnect with Friends and Family
While you have been cloistered away, your social life has taken a back seat. Now’s the time to make plans with friends and family, and this time, show up like you really mean it!
Do Your Chores
When you’re deep in Writer Land something has to give, usually it’s the household chores. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have piles of laundry, rampant weeds and unpaid bills to attend to. Doing these mindless tasks can be quite therapeutic, and who knows, while your brain takes a break you might come up with the idea for your next project!
Recommit to Your Day Job
Until Hollywood comes knocking at your door for the film rights, you’re going to need that day job. While you may have been clocking in and out every day, I’ll bet you haven’t been on you’re A-game. Jotting down plot points during meetings, ducking out for “bathroom breaks” when inspiration strikes and even writing on sick days when you should be in bed are all the tricks us 9 to 5ers pull to squeeze in extra writing time. Well this behavior stops now. Recommit to your day job, while you still have one.
Read, read, read
Reading is a vital part of being a writer, and now’s the time to catch up on that TBR list. So sit back, curl up with a good book and let someone else do the driving.
Most important of all, give yourself credit where it’s due. Whatever happens next, you have created a work of art, my friend, and that is an achievement in itself.
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