Now What?

The first draft is done. You’ve proofread it and tweaked it and read it enough times to have most of the book memorized, and you have sent it off to the editor to be polished. So…now what do you do?

This is my current Writer Problem. I have told myself in the past every writer should take a mini-break between books – during that time when the book is being edited, formatted, etc…just to give the brain and the hands a break. But this time around for me is very different from the last book I wrote. This time I have at least two other WIP’s that need their stories told. I have five times as many jotted down as ideas. Instead of my brain exhaling and taking a break, it’s furiously scrambling over all those other stories and WIP’s, rooting around for a good hold on one of them.

Does this mean I haven’t taken a break since finishing the first draft of the last book? Of course I have! For almost two weeks, in fact – which for me, is a REALLY long time to not write something. However, every day that gets closer to the end of June has become harder and harder to spend away from my WIP’s. Should I work on A’ris and Hutch and the Dry Lands or Riley’s journey of survival? Should I work on my children’s WIP with the feisty little fairy, who has survived the massacre of her people? Should I work on something new altogether? Seriously…I’m asking.

Despite what I decide to start back on, the right story will fight for the spotlight. These tales have been calling out to me and the Muse has been pouting in a corner, wondering where I am.

So I’ll start writing again, if for no other reason but to keep the Muse satisfied. Because, let’s face it – the Muse is boss.


4 thoughts on “Now What?

  1. lindabanana says:

    Don’t you have to promote it? Spend hours and hours on Twitter and Facebook and Google and others and on your blog, bringing all your hard work to people’s attention? I’m enjoying this aspect of publishing just as much as I enjoyed the writing. Am I weird? Am I doing it wrong?


    • trishmarie says:

      YES! As an Indie Writer, I’m also the Publisher and it’s a lot of work spent talking to people online and in person. I guess I think of it this way…for each person I connect with that becomes a fan/reader – they can share my work with at least one of their friends, and so on. So it is absolutely worth my time to make friends and gain fans. I’ve made some great relationships with other writers, as well as readers, and that makes all the hours spent on the computer worth it! 😀


  2. Sudha says:

    You should work on a new genre or something new for other people who haven’t read your work to notice and want to find out more about you.


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