Camp NaNoWriMo ended a few days ago, and I finish my first full length novel! Now what? I have been working on that novel for well over a year, wrote a big chunk last month and the last thing I want is to reread it. Every bit of it is engrained in my head to the point I’m tired of it. It’s still my baby, but every parent needs a break now and then. It doesn’t mean we don’t love our children any less we just need a break.
Think about it, your so burnt out on writing this one novel that when you go back to edit you over look things. Then it gets bad reviews because of all the typos and you feel like you’ve let your readers and yourself down. So you have to have a grace period before going back to look at it. But what do you do in the mean time? How long do you take time away?
Too much time and you might forget about it. Too little time and it will drive you insane. What does one do while waiting to refresh the brain? Ideally I’d ship the book off to someone as a beta reader or editor, but my family is too busy to help and. I have not had good luck with others reading and giving me feedback.
I’ve said I don’t care if you love it or detest it, I just want honest feedback and those I send out copies to, I never hear from again. I try to work on other writings but nothing comes to me. Then I try to just rest and I become depressed because I’m not doing something productive. Dang’d if I do and dang’d if I don’t type of situation.
The month or so after finishing a book is just a confusing time for me and I needed to vent. Suggestions are always welcome.