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PBM – Post Book Meltdown

The scribbled-over printed chapters, graphs and notes on donkey notepaper are all part of the final checks I do on every book,

The scribbled-over printed chapters, graphs and notes on donkey notepaper are all part of the final checks I do on every book,

It’s done. The second Coorah Creek novel is now in the hands of my lovely publisher Choc Lit.

And I am having what webmaster John calls my post-book meltdown.

After months of working on the book, of living with the characters and their story every day – letting go is hard.

So for the next week, I refuse to be responsible for my actions… I always plan to take several days off (day job permitting) and just waste time.

I start the meltdown by eating chocolate and drinking red wine…

Then I retire to the sofa with my knitting and my favourite films for about two days. Love Actually,  An Affair to Remember and Pretty Woman usually get a run as do all three Lord of the Rings films.

During this time a scarf or two may be knitted – or a jumper, or a blanket for the cat (who keeps a vigil beside me during the meltdown). I might also finish the three knitting projects I have started since this book began, but not actually finished yet.

After emerging from the sofa, there will be lunch with the girls – and that may involve wine.

Shopping is always a possibility.

And if the weather is nice – the garden calls. It is nice to have some fresh air after being chained (well – not literally) to a computer screen these last few weeks struggling to meet my deadline.

Having said all this – I have a confession to make. The idea for the next book is right at the front of my brain. The characters are standing behind me, tapping me on the shoulder (no –  not literally – I am not totally mad) – so there is a good chance I may create a new document called chapter one tomorrow and start writing. Well – not tomorrow – I might force myself to wait a few more days.

I have research to do before I start writing again.

On top of my big bookcase, folders and bags contain the research notes and rough printouts of all my books and short stories - just in case I ever need them again.

On top of my big bookcase, folders and bags contain the research notes and rough printouts of all my books and short stories – just in case I ever need them again.

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6 Responses to PBM – Post Book Meltdown

  • Sounds similar to mine, except for the films and the knitting. I go head first into favourite books and waver about knowing I should get on with the next one and not doing it…

    • Isn’t it strange – I tend not to read much for a day or two. A magazine maybe. It’s one of the few times I don’t have my nose in a book at every opportunity. think my head needs to clear itself. Having said that, I’m already on Amazon looking for the research books I need for my next novel…

  • I’ve been in post -book meltdown for three weeks, knitting socks and visiting relatives all around Norway. I’m dying to get writing again but when you’re always with family it’s impossible. We sit up each night until after midnight.

    So Janet, when I celebrate the success of Flight to Coorah Creek and The Maid of Milan with you on Friday I shall use the launch as a Last Hurrah to the ‘melt-down’/no writing syndrome and begin my hard work in earnest on the flight home to Australia.

    Good luck with book three and all your Coorah Creek characters. I shall be interested to hear on Friday if you’ve started on it by then.

    • I was thinking the same thing Beverley – after the party, back to work. I’m already starting some research and my head is full of ideas.

  • You know what – apart from the knitting I can certainly go with rest of your meltdown activities – give me chocolate, wine, Pretty Woman, shopping, lunch with girls, a wander into the garden. Oh yes – I’m there (and you know me – I nearly am there!!!!). But how lovely to have the next book already there in your head – and for the whole process to start again. Enjoy your next visit to Coorah Creek – I know I will 🙂

    • Ah yes – Pretty Woman usually gets a run too. I am looking forward to going back to Coorah Creek – I am becoming rather fond of the place.
      J X

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