"What Now?" -- Jan Edwards

When I have finished writing a book, be that a novel, short story collection or something factual, there is always a period of becalming.

The headlong bustle of writing In Her Defence, the next in the Bunch Courtney series, followed by the agony of editing, falls inevitably into a ‘what now?’ phase.

I have plenty to write. Book three is already in planning but will remain at the ‘thinking’ stage for a while longer. There is the crime short promised for an anthology, and at least 3 stand-alone novels that need an extra polish before they are let loose on the unsuspecting public.

So again I ask myself ‘what now?’
Well, one way to regroup is to skive off down to the allotments!  I recently took half shares in a plot and won a silver medal!  So now is the time to reap the harvest and take a few weeks to enjoy some rest!  Some September I shall be back at the keyboard raring to go.

What do you do to get back on track?

Jan Edwards can be found on:
Blog: https://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/
Facebook: jan.coleborn.edwards
Twitter: @jancoledwards
Titles in print – all available in print and dig formats
As author: Winter DownsFables and Fabrications;  Sussex Tales;  Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties

The award winning Winter Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series. Book two,  In Her Defence, is coming soon!


Umberto Tosi said…
Good luck with "In Her Defence!"I know the feeling, for me, a combination of emptiness and fidgets. I treat myself to an outing, or movie, or some activity that clears my head. Also, tackling a short story, or short-short, or something to cleanse the writing palate works for me.
janedwards said…
I do have a short to write for an antho - or there is the old coal bunker to demolish :-)
Bill Kirton said…
Yep, allotment is the way to go. So far, I only have a garden, but it's a start, and it does the trick for me..
Elizabeth Kay said…
Nothing quite like gardening for de-stressing, and plot formulation! And eating the results, of course. It's been a bumper year for raspberries...
misha said…
A time away from the writing re-charges the creative batteries. Wish my raspberries were good too. On the other hand, I've never had so many courgettes.
Sandra Horn said…
I knit - but thank you for the word 'becalming'! I'll substitute it for 'writer's block'!
janedwards said…
My Raspberries are not good either Misha. Must be local conditions.

Gardening is a great way to chill (and think)

Sandra: I see writers block as more of a haitus than a hurdle :-)

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