July 22nd, 2005
Coming Down From a Submission…

I have had a crap writing week. :-/ I only managed to get 1K+change done. My mind can’t seem to focus on anything (much like my reading habits lately), even though I’m excited about this project. I realized today that I’ve been ‘coming down’ from my submission on Monday. It’s as if my body flooded with adrenaline (such a nice word for stress) and there was nowhere for it to go. I still feel tense, but it’s beginning to diminish.

No news yet on the EC front. My editor did say it would take her 4 to 6 weeks to get back to me on my submissions. Today marks week four. (Not that I’m counting. 😉

I think learning how to cope with this aspect of publishing will be my next big challenge. It’s not like it is EVER going to change. You will always have to submit, wait, wait, wait, and wait to see if you’ve been accepted for publication. It’s a long and odious process that every writer must go through. I know Sylvia said she can’t write for a week afterwards.

Do you guys notice a change in your writing habits after you’ve submitted your work? If so, what ways have you developed to combat that adrenaline rush?

27 comments to “Coming Down From a Submission…”

  1. I usually have a couple of books I want to read lined up to enjoy when I finish and submit something. It makes for a nice break. I might go for some extra long hikes. And then I start writing something else.

  2. I usually dont start wiggin out until after the first month LOL then it’s like daily — worst case scenario I clean

  3. I find it really hard to write after I’ve submitted something – like my brain goes on strike. After about a week things settle in. And then, as Cece said, all the worse case scenarios start flying around and makes things harder.

  4. Yes, I also have trouble coming down after that rush. Mine usually doesn’t last more than a week or two. It’s like my body trying to tell me, “ok, we deserve a break after all that hard work.” (of course, my body also told me I’d stay young forever–liar).

    Unless there’s something else I’m REALLY excited about, it usually has to run its course. But it doesn’t take me long to bounce back. You’ll be fine! 🙂

  5. Add me to the list. While I want to write…my brain just will not co-operate. I need a week at least.

  6. Me too. Can’t do a thing for days. Right now I’m looking at more than a week post-novella submission and hoping RWA will spark some creativity. If not, I can gaurantee I won’t turn to cleaning like Cece does. I can find every excuse NOT to clean.

  7. The adrenaline rush happens during the submission process. After that, I read or “play around” with something new, but not in any serious way. I need down time between projects.

  8. When I first started writing, I was useless after I submitted a project. The good news is, it gets better. Somewhere along the way you get that you not only have more than one idea, you have lots and lots of ideas. Best advice I ever got is to give myself a specific time frame to get over myself and then get back to work.

  9. I have to take a break when I finish a novel and get it sent off. At least a week to regroup and catch up on things I let slide while I was so focused on writing.

    This summer I’m concentrating on catching up on projects so that I’ll be free and clear to start the next book. I’m feeling pretty good about it. I did finish off a 31K book for EC this week (yay!) which was hard to write for some reason. Anyway, yes, I need that down time.

  10. Steph I meant worst case scenario if it gets to be too much and I can’t settle, I go clean.

  11. Cece – at leat you didn’t tell me to go cook! ROFLMAO!!!

  12. I think it’s just the need to let go of the characters and story in the other book, and recharge for the next one. I usually take a short break.

  13. It’s almost like you HAVE to give yourself some time to get over yourself, you know? A few days, a week, whatever. Just give it to yourself and figure it into the calendar.

  14. Steph…..AS IF!!!!!!! LOL

  15. Charlene, That sounds like a good routine. 🙂

  16. Cece, Oh good, something to look forward to. LOL! I’ve already marked on the calendar when I should hear back from the publisher. I don’t have to think about it until November…and that’s if I’m lucky.

  17. Steph, I’ve already managed to create the worst case scenarios this week. So I guess I’m ahead of schedule. 😉

  18. Raine, LOL! My body lied to me about that forever young thing too. Glad to hear you bounce back fairly quickly.

  19. Sasha, I’m starting to feel the urge again to write, so I think a week may be about right.

  20. Ouch HelenKay! Hope you find inspiration in Reno. I’m like Cece in that I will clean when I’m at a loss with the writing AND I hate to clean.

  21. Jaq, I didn’t think I did, but I obviously do too.

  22. Jo, It’s nice to know that it gets easier as time goes by. Thanks for the good advice. 🙂

  23. Chey, Your writing speed has increased tremendously. It must be from that year you wrote a book a month/every month for EC. Impressive. Enjoy your down time.

  24. Suzanne, I can see that. Unfortunately, I’m still working on this book, so it’ll be a while before I can let these characters go. 😉

  25. Jill, Another good bit of advice. I’ll have to start building down time into the calendar.

  26. This was great to read. I’ve only submitted one book before and had to go right into writing a second project. And when I finished that, I had to go right into writing the second book. Didn’t have much time to really think about it yet. There’s just been so much going on. But reading about everyone else’s experiences makes me feel prepared for what may come. 🙂

  27. Cherlyn, Me too. 😀