Betwixt, Between

There are times in our writing lives — I know we’ve all been there — when we are between projects and struggling to make the transition from one piece of work to another. Now, I know that some writers work on two or even more projects at the same time, so they never have that empty, in-between feeling. Alack and alas, I am not among them!

I find that I need to throw myself pellmell, totally and headlongedly (love this word, I made it up!) into one project. I need to live, eat, and breathe it until it’s done. Yes, now and then an idea pops up related to something else I’ve put on the back burner and I jot it down so I don’t forget it and then throw it into a folder. But since I have a tendency to be easily distracted, I find that it’s best for me to focus my energies on one overarching goal — one writing target — and just keep flinging words at it until it seems to be finished.

Ah, there’s the rub! Once it is done — or as done as I can make it for the moment — I experience elation and a sense of accomplishment. Over time, I’ve learned to let myself savor these sensations and marinate in them for a while. But then I feel a kind of restless energy surging up and I begin looking for a new target. Once I’ve settled on it, I experience relief, which is often followed by‚Ķpanic!

Why? Mainly because I need to let some pressure build up before I can really commit to something new. I need to let my ideas roll around in my head and percolate. I need to stay loose and relaxed for this to happen. Which means I need to let myself be in limbo for a while and dwell in the land of Betwixt, Between. It’s not always a comfortable place to be because it’s just a way station, a kind of mental and emotional halfway house, but I’ve learned it’s a necessary stop for me. How about you? Do you find yourself feeling adrift in between projects? If so, I’d love to hear how you handle this state. Write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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