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.