I’ll be honest, it’s been two weeks since I finished the first draft of my novel, and I’m at the point of tearing my hair out. Who knew that letting your novel cool off could be so infuriating? I want to read it through. I want to start editing.
But we writers have an attachment to our work, and I know that if I go back now, I won’t see any of its flaws, and to me it will be perfect. That is precisely what I do not want. I want to pull my work apart and sew it back together like a patchwork quilt.
To do that, I must let my novel cool off. And it’s infuriating.
I went for a month and a bit typing 3000 words a day to finish my novel, and now the most writing I do is at school. THE PAIN! THE TORTURE! THE AGONY!
So now I must find another task to use up my time.
So, what should you do when letting your novel cool off? Here are a few things I suggest:
1. REVISIT ALL THOSE SHINY IDEAS
When writing your novel, we all experience shiny idea syndrome. Poof! A new novel idea appears, and it’s obviously so much better than the one you’re writing. Pfft. Who would want to read this novel anyway? You might as well pursue this new idea. It’s sooo much better.
By the end of your novel, you will most likely have a collection of these SIs. Now that you’re novel is cooling off, you might as well go and revisit them. You never know, you could have a diamond in the rough there. Now that your novel is finished, you have no reason not to take interest in them. 🙂 It can be quite fun!
2. PLAN YOUR NEXT NOVEL
This one’s slightly obvious, but why not? You’ve visited all those shiny ideas, and now you have no reason not to give them a story of their own. All this simple writing hack requires is an idea, a pencil/pen, a notebook, or a computer if that’s where you plan.
3. WRITE YOUR NEXT NOVEL
This is undoubtedly the most time-consuming item on this list, but it’s also one of the most efficient. When you’re writing another novel, you’re pursuing something else. Also, when you’re writing this new novel, it will likely take longer than a month, it will extend how long your other novel has to cool off even more.
Even better, you can combine this with the other two to perhaps extend the period in which your novel cools off even more!
4. TRY OTHER STYLES!
So you’ve written a novel. That’s a pretty big commitment to make. Now that you’ve spent over 100 hours dedicated to this one block of text and story, why not experiment? Mix it up? Try writing a short story! Try writing an anthology of letters that all link together to form one story? Try new things! Experiment with POVs! All of this will help you become a better writer in the future, and for your next novel. All of this extra practise will also help you with editing your novel, because it will help you grow as a writer.
5. READ! A LOT!
Reading is one of the best ways to grow as a writer. Read as much of your genre as you can whilst your novel is cooling off, and read other genres as well. Pick the novels apart! Work out what makes them work, and how much of that applies to your writing. This is actually pretty time-consuming and enjoyable, and beneficial to your work in the long run.
Even just reading without picking apart plot and structure can help you. Think of it as an endless bucket of ideas.
6. I DON’T KNOW… PERHAPS GET A SOCIAL LIFE?
People? Who cares about people? We as writers don’t need them…
Yes you do.
Writing a novel requires a lot of time up in your bedroom, furiously tapping away on your computer, talking to no one.
You know what the best time-killer is when letting your novel cool off?
Making and chatting to friends.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this blog post! What do you do when letting your novel cool off? Comment below.
please note: all the dates and times are off in this post due to it being written over the span of two months 🙂
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