Waiting for Edits

I’ve been on vacation this week, so the following is just a quick post to get myself back in the habit of blogging. Expect something fuller next week.

I’ve made no secret that I finished draft four of my novel a short time ago. It’s been very exciting for me, not only to complete a novel, but to see it develop from where it started. The novel is very different from my first draft, and (hopefully) the better for it.

But now that the draft is complete and its out to some friends to read and edit, I’ve found myself playing a kind of waiting game. I wait for edits, and have no one project to work on while I do so. I have trouble with short stories, so I haven’t been doing much of those. Instead, I’ve told myself to tackle something else that’s big, another novel idea. I interviewed my characters, I’ve started outlining. I’ve found myself with some writer’s block that I’m working through, and keeping myself busy with that.

It just feels strange to have the project I’ve been working on almost exclusively for so long be more or less complete for now. I’m not sure what to do with myself.

My outline is coming along nicely though. I’ve had much of this story figured out, and now I just need to write it all down, work out the kinks, and move on from there. I have other ideas as well, and I’m playing around with developing an animation bible or script. It’s tricky, but also exciting in its own right.

I feel that I’m at something of a crossroads, and I need to pick a path and follow through with it. It’s hard to choose which one though.

Oh well. One day at a time. :)

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