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Last updated on May 10th, 2018

Making the Most of Your Time between Writing Novels

By Editor John David Kudrick

You’ve just typed “The End” on the last page of your novel-maybe your very first finished manuscript. Way to go! Treat yourself to a piece (or two) of your favorite cake or pie (or both) and maybe some ice cream on the side “¦ or perhaps a night out for dinner and a movie with your special someone. It’s worth celebrating, because it takes some grit, tenacity, and perseverance to finish writing a story-and writing isn’t quite the glamorous job some people think it is. It can surely be enjoyable, exciting, and invigorating, but it’s still work. Thus, kudos to you for unleashing the muse in your heart!

So, after finishing your novel and celebrating that evening, the next morning arrives-and you can’t even imagine sitting down at your computer to write the first sentence of a new novel-length story (if you’re a write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants author) or to start a chapter outline and/or character charts for your next heavyweight (if you like having all your ducks in a row before writing a word). What to do, what to do?

First off, relax. At this stage of the game, the only pressure comes from within yourself, so take it easy and take a breath. And if you just aren’t ready to dive into your next novel, then let your mind and imagination recycle by writing something else, something shorter and maybe even in a completely different genre.

If you’re a thriller novelist, what about penning a lighter short story or a comedic novella between full-length novels?

What about some poetry after your latest historical romance?

Maybe some song parodies in between those legal dramas?

Or how about a nonfiction article about some issue that really gets your passion stoked?

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea: the no man’s land between novels can still be a time of creative enjoyment and productivity as a writer, and all the while, your next novel is percolating down deep in your heart. Then, whether it’s a few days or even a few weeks, you’ll know when it’s time to get back to crafting a novel-length story.

In the meantime, don’t worry or get stressed about it. Stay creative with something a little off-beat for you, all the while knowing you’ll soon be back to your greatest writing passion, refreshed and ready to pen a story straight from your heart.

To find out more about John David Kudrick and the scope of editorial services he can provide to you, please visit his bio page.

John David Kudrick

Author John David Kudrick

With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and 20 years of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest Christian publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins' Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels. To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as editor on more than 150 published titles and works with authors from across the US and around the world. More about John David Kudrick

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