White whale of an ordinary problem - cover

The Lull after You Finish

I’ve found myself in a writing limbo, but I have to remind myself there is no writing limbo. Just because I’m not focusing on my book (though I should be, I need to be, the next step is calling to me), it doesn’t mean I can’t write. Write something different, something new, unconnected!

But it always comes back to that book, because I have not finished my conversation with that story. It’s a dangling conversation.

How did I get here? I researched (my book is historical speculative fiction), outlined, and then wrote the first draft by hand, before typing it up chapter by chapter. I ran through the overall story structure, shifted chapters around, tweaked stuff. Then I went through the entire book with my writer’s group—two amazing beta readers and writing companions, hands down (shout out to Irene and Tricia!). I edited as we went.

And then…the lull. The pause. Limbo.

Read the rest of this post on my Substack newsletter: Follow that story.

“White Whale of an Ordinary Problem” analog collage by Diana Zahuranec. See more collages and acrylic I do at @dianaz48_art

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