In memory of Nora Ephron…
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficity disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. ”
― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
So, it’s been a little over two months since I submitted my novel to a contest and I find myself really missing the intense focus and work it required of me. I’ve allowed myself a break. Space to decompress. To start reading again. To wander in pieces of writing practice and meander through morning pages. But now it’s time to find that focus again. To find the next project. I have four possibilities: a draft of a novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo a few years ago; a flash fiction collection; a story collection; a YA novel and another vague plan of a novel that consists of a few pages that emerged from some writing prompts. My plan is to layout out all of the various pieces of each project, type them up, organize them on the computer then commit to working on each project for 1-2 days each and see if one pulls at me over the others. I’d like to have a new draft of something done by October when is when I expect to hear about the contest. That’s a little ambitious considering our summer is jam-packed with my daughter’s high school graduation, then the party and lots of company. So, maybe by the end of the year is more realistic. What I don’t want to do is sit around for the next six months waiting on the contest results and not accomplish anything else.
I’m curious how others fill the gap between projects. And how do you select the next one? Does it select you? Please share your experiences in the comments or a link to your own post about this.
I apologize for my more-sporadic-than-usual postings but that’s probably how it will be until the end of July. Big happenings around this writer’s house. Our oldest daughter graduated from high school and we have a summer packed with grad parties, family and company. So, I will try to get here as often as I can but plan to really buckle down come the end of summer. Thank you for your patience.
Here are a few links I stumbled across this week that you might enjoy:
1. Love her work, her story, her attitude. Make sure to check out how she got to where she is. Quite inspiring and motivating.
2. Seriously thinking about signing up for this at the end of my crazy summer. A great way to build some structure back into my writing life.
3. Can not wait to read the new novel by Christopher Coake. Loved his story collection.
4. How do you measure and/or increase your productivity?
5. Love her work.