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Novel withdrawal

As exciting as it is to type those words, "The End"... Wow, do I miss having my story to work on! I find this happens with every book, especially after the second draft (because that's my favorite draft to write). Once the relief of getting the thing done fades, the withdrawal pangs set in. That rush when I figure out something that makes the story work that much better. The characters I've been living with for weeks. I want them back! Wah! Heh.

Which means my mind is scrambling for some new project to fall in love with and get me back to that writer's high. Never mind that I've already theoretically planned out my writing time for the next couple months (finish up some materials related to GUTG, do any additional revisions needed on PL, then do a third draft of THH over the winter holidays). No doubt in another hour or two I will be flipping through my idea box looking for the next story that'll set off those creative sparks and make me giddy.

And if I find one, well... Plans are made for rearranging. ;)


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Nov. 14th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of looking forward to working on my second draft of Devoured--once I get over the fear of reading my editor's notes, I really do love revising!
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Yes, it's always a little nerve-wracking finding out what other people think! But then satisfying when you see how their comments point you in interesting new directions. :)
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Isn't that so true? My favorite draft is also the second...the first is just so hard (too many words trying to get out -- always seems like a bottleneck in my brain).
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, the first draft I'm always worried I won't be able to make the story work... and also it's usually very rough and knowing there are problems I can't stop to fix bothers me. But the second draft has none of those worries ('cause it's all there, and I'm fixing the problems!). And also no one else has seen it yet, so I can just make myself happy and not worry about anyone else. ;)
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, you really do keep rolling Megan. I admire that.

I have a question for you. You are one who outlines, right? What sort of format do you use to outline? Do you just write up a detailed synopsis? Or do you use a story board or some other writer's tool? I'm thinking of experimenting with an outline.
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
LOL, well, whether I actually *find* another story that wants to be written right away is not a guarantee. But yes, if I could have one project or another underway pretty much constantly (maybe a few days break in between...), I would be very happy. :)

And I do outline. Basically, first I brainstorm lots and write lots of notes on what I want to happen, and how the characters will develop, and what things might lead to what other things. And then once I have a pretty solid idea in my head of how the story will progress, I organize it all scene by scene or chapter by chapter on index cards (one scene/chapter per card, each card has notes on what will happen in that scene/chapter, plus things I want to remember about the characters' reactions, setting, etc.).

I find I outline best with pen and paper/card rather than on the computer. And also I like index cards because it's easy to add extra thoughts on the back or wherever, and when I'm working on a scene/chapter I can just keep that one card nearby rather than the whole outline.

Don't know if that's helpful or not, but either way, good luck with your outlining!
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I am so with you on this. I have a complete nervous breakdown every time I finish a book or a major draft of one. It's sort of like post-partum depression, and sort of like caffeine withdrawal, and sort of just me being a yutz. Anyway, my sympathies. Hope you find a new love soon!
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! Good to know it's not just me. :)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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