14 September 2009

Down time

I turned in my current manuscript yesterday. It's a wonderful feeling, a weight off my shoulder, a quieting of the voices in my head before the next characters start yapping.

So I spent the afternoon catching up on cleaning, laundry, did a bit of online shopping, and sat down and read a book. I even gave myself permission to sleep in this morning, yet woke at the same time and staggered to the coffee pot before booting up the Mac.

Then realized I had no story to write this morning.

It's an odd feeling, an empty one. But one I'm determined to enjoy my week's "vacation." It's my first from writing in five years. And I figure as in any other career, downtime is necessary to refuel the creative energy.

The book I just finished, ENTHRALLED, is the third in the Druids of Dunarnoch series. I will likely come back to that world someday, but right now want to try something different in the next book, something a little less complicated. :-)

So here I sit...tapping my fingers against the desk...letting ideas flow and trying to figure out what to do for the next book...and tapping my fingers against the desk.

OK, my fellow scribes, have you taken time off between books? If so, how do you fill the time?


LK Hunsaker said...

You know, I've never been "between" books since I always have at least 2 in the works at once and a few more started and waiting for me. I think I'd like to have one of those "between" days, though. Sounds intriguing. ;-)

Of course I see you've already jumped right into the next.

Keena Kincaid said...

Yeah, my idea of a break didn't last long. LOL! Although I'm excited about this new book. It's a straightforward tale of blackmail, betrayal and forgiveness.