1. slippingbeauty
    Offline

    slippingbeauty Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    norway

    what to do when you are just done writing a novel?:P

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by slippingbeauty, Feb 1, 2012.

    Hey Im having a bit of a crisis over here cause I just finished my novel and now Im just waiting for my friends and family to have time to read it and help me correct it cause Ive been writing on it for so long that Im too blind to do that myself.... and so as I am waiting I feel very frustrated cause I havent started writing anything new yet and I try to substitute it by drawing and making other things but its not enough:/ Plus Ive just moved to a new city and I know nearly no one here yet AND I take classes online so I spend so much time at home... Ive never been bored like this before:O What do you all guys do when you have finished your work and havent started on anything new yet?
     
  2. Link the Writer
    Offline

    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2009
    Messages:
    11,200
    Likes Received:
    4,210
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I haven't finished anything yet, but from what I understand, this may be a good time to try and find an agent who can help you get your work out in addition to any publishing company who will be willing to publish the story.
     
  3. Yoshiko
    Offline

    Yoshiko Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    758
    Likes Received:
    27
    I put it away and try not to think about it for a few months. Then I'll come back to it, read it, and decide whether or not it's worth editing.


    Oh, and congrats on finishing! :)
     
  4. Tesoro
    Offline

    Tesoro Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,825
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    A place with no future
    Why not start brainstorming for ideas for the next? Or just take time to read more than usual, at least that is what I feel like after having spent months writing intensely. Take some time off and do what you want to do most, without feeling you 'have to' write if you don't feel like it. I know the feeling, I usually feel the same way!
     
  5. minstrel
    Offline

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    8,722
    Likes Received:
    4,821
    Location:
    Near Los Angeles
    If you just finished a novel, party! Celebrate! :)

    I'd start writing something else right away. I'm sure you must have ideas. Maybe a short story or two. Keep the writing habit up, so that when you're ready to tackle your next novel, you won't have to ramp up to it.

    I remember reading about a famous novelist - I think it was Anthony Trollope - who forced himself to write seven pages a day, no more and no less. If he finished a novel after six and a half pages of his daily quota, he'd immediately write the first half-page of his next novel. It kept him going, kept his schedule up, and kept him from being bored.
     
  6. slippingbeauty
    Offline

    slippingbeauty Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    norway
    Thank you:) This is probably a good idea actually! kind of like a painting right? let it dry over night and look at it the next morning with fresh eyes? I wish I wasnt so impatient haha:p

    Hehe my brain is oddly dried out after this entire process. all I manage to do are other art forms but not writing. thanks though

    Thats not how it works in Norway:) you dont get an agent here haha:p but the thing is that I need to correct mistakes and organize some stuff better with chapter headlines and stuff before I hand it over to the publishers but Im too blind looking at it right now so I have to get help from others or like someone mentioned on here just wait and go through it again later

    Hehe I dont have any ideas right now not any ideas that I care to explore atleast. Thats interesting about Anthony Trollope. Yeah I should just celebrate hehe
     
  7. Show
    Offline

    Show Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,495
    Likes Received:
    30
    I typically shelve it and try to relax my mind a bit. lol
     
  8. TDFuhringer
    Offline

    TDFuhringer Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    589
    Likes Received:
    262
    Location:
    Somewhere South of Midnight
    I've never actually finished a novel so I can't speak from experience, but I like Stephen King's system.

    Apparently when he's done a first draft, he puts it away somewhere for at least six weeks and spends the in between time writing short stories or a novella, to keep himself fresh. Then he goes back and starts the first rewrite on the novel with a clear head and a more distant perspective.
     
  9. VM80
    Offline

    VM80 Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    43
    Location:
    UK
    That sounds like a good system. Probably what I'd do too.
     
  10. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Put it aside for "a while" and work on something else. How long you need toi set it aside for you will have to learn for yourself, but long enough that you can look at the writing more or less objectively.

    Friends and family are not sufficient for proofreading. For one thing, unless they are in the industry, they won't really know what to look for other than silly typos or punctuation goofs. But also, only you can really make the judgement calls for anything that isn't a clear cut flaw.

    As the writer, it is your job to be at least as good at editing as anyone you can persuade to edit it for you.

    The better you become at proofreading and editing, the less time you will need to set the work aside before editing it.

    Not to scare you away, but you will probably need to spend more on the revision stage than you did generating the first draft.
     
  11. EdFromNY
    Offline

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4,681
    Likes Received:
    2,533
    Location:
    Queens, NY
    It sounds as if you are pretty well drained by the effort and don't have any other ideas to work on at the moment, so my advice would be to do something else that is creative. My other creative outlets are music and cooking, and I also dabble in photography. Also, make sure you do lots of reading, film watching and concert-going, if possible. The creative process is one of intake as well as outflow.

    And congratulations on finishing.
     
  12. mammamaia
    Offline

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,014
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    print out cog's sage advice and post it over your computer!

    then follow it!
     
  13. slippingbeauty
    Offline

    slippingbeauty Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    norway
    Thanks these are great ideas!:) I agree. For the other comments I see alot of people say the same thing, that I need to take a break from my novel and get back to it and make the adjustments:) I agree with you on this!
     
  14. slippingbeauty
    Offline

    slippingbeauty Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    norway
    Well its not exactly the first draft, Ive gone through it many times thats why I find myself so blind now:p The reason why I want friends and family to take a look at it is that I feel like Ive read it so many times and is so into it and I know all the reasons behind why I wrote what I wrote throughout the book, and this leaves me to wonder if my ideas actually shine through in a way that other people can actually grasp it or if it is too mythical that only I can understand it:p Know what I mean?
     

Share This Page