The Between-Projects Stupor

I know the stupor exists, because I’m officially in it. After months on a steady, productive, creative burn, I find myself staring at my laptop and wondering what to do. A sheen of exhaustion has settled over me, yet I’m restless, needing a deadline or a project, afraid that if I let myself ease into inactivity I’ll never take up the mantle again.

First book shepherded through to production? Check.
Proposal for new series completed and submitted to agent? Check.
Biggest revisions on work-in-progress completed? Check.

–Not that there’s nothing to do, mind you:
–I have some contest entries to judge for Georgia Romance Writers.
–I have to work on that political minefield known as the acknowledgment page for the book in production.
–I need to get the first three chapters written on the third book in my New Orleans series and finish proposals for that and a fourth book.
–I have a book review due to Night Owl Reviews .
–I have notes printed out from the online workshops I signed up for in May and June and never had time to read.
–I need to do some pre-emptive revisions on the second New Orleans book before the revision letter from my editor at Tor comes in the next couple of weeks.

Meh. Can’t seem to stir up the energy for it.

How much down-time do you take between projects? Why do I feel guilty turning off the laptop and watching all my DVR’d episodes of “Ice Road Truckers?”

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

5 thoughts on “The Between-Projects Stupor

  1. How much time between projects? I’ve never really been able to dictate that, as funny as that sounds.

    In January, I had every intension of chilling out after writing a novel. Yeah, for, like, a month. I was tired. But then, two days after typing THE END on one, I got another idea.

    Yep, when the bug is there, you can’t deny it. So I wrote. And wrote. And wrote.

    So, I did two back to back novels.
    Now it’s been a few weeks. I’m itching to write another.

    So, I guess I really just go when the idea hits, doesn’t matter how much time off in between for me.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That’s where I’m at. Between projects. Working on my query letter and getting ready to send out my story to agents. Polishing and tweaking the MS. There’s so much more to writing than just writing.

  3. Down time? I’m supposed to have down time?

    When I’m not writing (i.e. at work) I want to write. I guess my full-time job is my “down time”.

  4. LOL, Stacy. Well, I guess I’m there, too. Just a little burned out now. But, like Lynn, as soon as another idea begins percolating I’ll shrug it off and be racing like mad again.

    Nicole, you’re so right–there so much non-writing stuff that has to be done! I also have a bad case of over-commitment-itis (just say no, Suzanne, just say no).

  5. I don’t plan it, but I tend to slow down for about a week and watch TV and do other stuff I didn’t have time for while in the writing crunch. Any more than that, though, and I start getting antsy.