Confession: I finished my latest book the last week of October. Forgive me Nano’er, but I didn’t participate.
May not sound like a lot to some writers, but for me, NOT writing something new is, well, something. Instead, I decided to ‘take the rest of the year off’ from writing.
Yeah. Right. And I’m secretly related to Bill Gates and he’s left me all his fortune.
While I haven’t actually plotted the next book out on screen yet, I have been toying with a sequel AND another totally different book. I’ve also been putting little tweaks on the last book, critiquing my writing partner’s works, and catching up on some well-earned reading.
Which, as any writer will tell you, it’s not really downtime at all. The brain still relishes in new words, new ways to describe something, new ideas. Like anything else I love doing, the lack of downtime isn’t a problem. Of course, the dogs or hubby might feel slightly different. But, I can’t help it. The time away from one story idea and set of characters allows me to see other things in new light. In turn, that always starts new ‘what if’s’?
How about you? Is downtime from writing really downtime? Can you effectively shut off the writer brain 7×24 for days, much less weeks on end?