The concept behind these words was constantly driven into me while I was growing up. As a result, I have a really hard time sitting and doing nothing. Even if I’m watching TV, I still have yarn in my hands as I’m crocheting a baby blanket or something.
I’m also an extremely hard worker. If hard work must be done, I don’t waste time wishing it could be easier. I just roll up my sleeves and get started, making sure things get done right. I even made up a rhyme when I was a kid.
The sooner I get done,
The sooner I have fun.
Those words got me through many piles of dishes, mopped floors, and scrubbed toilets. : ) And, lately, they’ve gotten me through some really rough drafts.
This is all fine and dandy when I’m at the beginning of a story, or even a new draft. But when I’m at the end, I run into trouble. I need to set my manuscript aside so I can get some distance and perspective before I start revisions. This is a concept common to most writers, I’m sure. Distance is the key to attaining objectivity, and objectivity is the key to making good revisions.
After finishing ROYAL ROSE, I took a two week ‘vacation’ from my computer, with the intent to pick up my wip, PUZZLING FAITH, at the end of it. In the past, that’s always been ample time for me to switch from one project to the next. Except, this time, it isn’t. And I’m not sure why. At the end of those two weeks, I sat down at my computer and began to review FAITH, but I couldn’t concentrate. I felt as keyed up as I had right after finishing ROSE, and it made it impossible to concentrate.
Maybe I’m still too excited about ROSE (I’m very excited – we’re taking shout-out-from-the-rooftops excited, and I'm not a shouter) and it's throwing everything else off. Maybe I’m just not ready to get back to FAITH. Or, maybe I’m subconsciously procrastinating. I honestly don’t know. But these idle hands are driving me crazy!!
What do you do to occupy yourself when you’re between projects? Or do you just dive right into the next? For those of you who can do this, I’m green with envy. : )