I just sent off my WIP, The Italian Sister, to the editor.
It's a great feeling to have the manuscript I have been laboring over out of my hair for a while. After a sigh of relief, panic sets in. WHAT NOW? I feel oddly abandoned without my work. Besides, I'm totally stuck on the sequel I was planning to write. And I mean STUCK!
Okay, I know, lots of writers go through this. I do have a few options, I guess:
1) I forget about writing for a while and enjoy a piece of chocolate instead. But that only takes a few minutes and then what?
2) A cup of coffee? A few more minutes. And then what?
3) I go on vacation--wait, you need money for this... Hmm.
4) It's cheaper to just go for a walk in my beautiful neighborhood:
Okay, done that. Now what?
5) Read, but I do this all the time anyway. And reading can also be an escape to keep from writing.
Gee, this is getting difficult. I'm running out of options.
I guess there is only one option left:
6) BUCKLE DOWN AND WRITE ANYWAY. Sigh!
Unless, dear writer/reader, you can come up with a better idea. What do you do when you're stuck?
Monday, October 13, 2014
Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in Santa Monica, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. She is the author of five novels and a collection of poems. Her travels and her interest in foreign cultures inform her work and her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, she is an avid reader and a lover of the arts, dark chocolate, and red wine.