Feeling Guilty

Everyone is entitled to a day (or night) off once in a while.  Mutilated Dreams was sent to the editor on 6 January.  So, the night of 6 January, I didn’t write.

And I feel guilty for that.

The problem is the limbo that exists between written manuscript and edited manuscript.  Frankie is good at what she does, but she needs a few days to do it.

So, for a few days after I have shipped (emailed, let’s be real) my finished work off to be graced by her Red Pen of Destruction, I don’t know what to do.

I could start the next book I intend to write, but I know in two or three days, I’m going to have to stop and go through her edits.  Then I’m going to send it back to her to check my changes for crappy spelling, grammar, and my super power of losing my train of thought.  She’s going to have it for a few more days and then I’ll get it back again… at which point it goes to the beta readers for more reading, editing, etc.

This means for the next 7 days, give or take, I would be writing one book and editing a second (or waiting, which might actually be worse than the editing itself).  This kills my desire to start a new book.

But I want to write.  I’ve been going so well lately.  It’s like my creative batteries got jolted back to life and are running on full charge.  I could be producing 9,000+ words a day.  Until that edit comes back…

Any authors want to weigh in on what they do while they wait?

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  1. Not an author but there is marketing stuff you can be doing while waiting that is tied to the new book – designing things for the book that would also give you some creative outlet


    • Oh! The Lovley Lola bought an advert yesterday! I don’t know what or how much she spent because it takes them 48 hours to process transactions…



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