The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

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The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by Sanderling » July 20th, 2011, 10:55 am

I recently finished revisions of my current WIP and sent it off to a couple of people for beta reading / critique. It's now out of my hands till they return it to me with their comments.

In the meantime, it's often suggested that a writer turn to a new or different project while they wait - keep working, keep moving forward.

As if I had any choice in the matter. Two days after sending the files off to my reviewers, my muse, perhaps feeling liberated after being pent up for a while while I worked on revisions, delivered to me the opening two paragraphs of a new novel surrounding a character idea I've had in my head for the last few months. The following night I woke up with a dream fading from my memory that I realized was the plot concept I'd been looking for to go with my character and opening paragraphs.

So it's right back to the keyboard for me! My current WIP was inspired by a freshly-released muse following revisions on my previous (shelved) project, too.

How do others manage the down-time while you're waiting for something with your WIP? Do you write, or do you take some time off writing to catch up with the rest of your life? ;)
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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by Cookie » July 20th, 2011, 11:08 am

I do the same things I always do--write, read, draw.

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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by JustAnotherJen » July 20th, 2011, 11:26 am

I can't tell you what I've done in this situation, because I haven't reached that point yet. Sometimes I feel like my WIP will never get done! Anyway, I like the second half of your thread title "the impatient muse" because that's very much how I feel. Even while working on my WIP (which is the first of a four book series) I am also developing ideas for another series. (!) And there's another book in the back of my mind, and a few other story ideas just tickling my brain, waiting to be developed. In other words, the ideas just keep on coming. Whenever I reach the point you're at I have a hard time imagining myself being able to turn it off. I think my brain will always pull me towards working on more stories. Which is what it sounds like has happened with you too. I say enjoy it and keep writing, unless of course you're really burned out and you need a break. But if not, then let your muse play! :)

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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by taylormillgirl » July 20th, 2011, 11:39 am

Whenever I finish a new draft or a round of revisions, I get all antsy and eager to jump right into something else, but I force myself to take a week or two off and read, recharge, interact with those forgotten family members, etc.
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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by CharleeVale » July 20th, 2011, 2:42 pm

I'm working on it! I promise! :P

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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by Sanderling » July 20th, 2011, 2:49 pm

CharleeVale wrote:I'm working on it! I promise! :P

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No worries, take your time - my muse is loving the sudden opportunity to spread her wings again! ;)
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Re: The waiting game; or, the impatient muse

Post by Sanderling » July 20th, 2011, 2:56 pm

Cookie wrote:I do the same things I always do--write, read, draw.
Reading definitely tops my list. I read while I'm writing, too, but I binge during those waiting periods.
JustAnotherJen wrote:I can't tell you what I've done in this situation, because I haven't reached that point yet. Sometimes I feel like my WIP will never get done! Anyway, I like the second half of your thread title "the impatient muse" because that's very much how I feel. Even while working on my WIP (which is the first of a four book series) I am also developing ideas for another series. (!) And there's another book in the back of my mind, and a few other story ideas just tickling my brain, waiting to be developed. In other words, the ideas just keep on coming. Whenever I reach the point you're at I have a hard time imagining myself being able to turn it off. I think my brain will always pull me towards working on more stories. Which is what it sounds like has happened with you too. I say enjoy it and keep writing, unless of course you're really burned out and you need a break. But if not, then let your muse play! :)
I can relate to that, Jen! In addition to this idea that's bitten me now, I also have idea sketches for at least a couple of others in files on my computer that, for timing or passion reasons, haven't been followed up on. I think this is a good thing - it means, hopefully, a long and fruitful writing career!

It's funny, I never feel burnt out on the /writing/, but I can and do get a little burnt out on all the non-writing work associated with a WIP. Letting the muse out to play is a great way to recharge for revisions and such.
taylormillgirl wrote:Whenever I finish a new draft or a round of revisions, I get all antsy and eager to jump right into something else, but I force myself to take a week or two off and read, recharge, interact with those forgotten family members, etc.
Ah yes, family members... I think I might have some of those, too, somewhere.
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