I’ve written several blog posts about whether to write new material or not during edits. Now that official edits for Wandering Soul have begun, I’ve realized two things:
- This is my first experience with traditional publishing, therefore I really have no way of predicting what is going to happen or how publishing a book will impact my other writing processes.
- Even with the next book, a novella that will probably enter the editing process in the next couple of months or so, I won’t know for certain what other writing I’ll be able to do, because every book and every publishing experience is going to be different.
There are periods of dormancy during the publishing process that I’m not okay letting lie fallow. I don’t think I will ever be able to say, “I’m always going to use that time to write new pieces” or “I’m only going to edit other things in those gaps.”
I’ll use that time to the best purpose for my writing, whether it’s creating new works, polishing existing pieces, or writing blog posts! The most important thing is to keep up my momentum, even if I’m changing direction repeatedly along the path.
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Awesome advice! I love how you can sum these things up so succinctly and clearly, too–especially when I know it’s been a grueling process. And GRATS on getting edits done!
Thanks! I try not to take up too much of my readers’ time. You are not kidding about the impact of the process. On the bright side, I now really get the phrase, “I can’t even.” 🙂
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