Post NaNo Slump

 December 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo successfully completed – check.

Thanksgiving over and done, family members all safely home – check.

NaNoWriMo slump – wait, no slump yet. What’s up with that? Last year after finishing my book for NaNoWriMo, I had a two week slump. I missed the challenge, the excitement of putting everything else aside in order to focus on writing. I missed my characters.

But this year, so far no slump. Maybe it’s because I’ve been too busy getting my next novel ready for publication for New Years’ Eve. It was copy-edited and proofed then set aside during November as I focused on my new project. This week I’ve been proofing again and formatting in order to get it publication worthy. I’ve also been busy getting back to my regular blogging and then there’s that matter of Christmas in three weeks. Way too busy to indulge myself in feeling down, but not too busy to indulge in dark chocolate!

Typically whenever I’m initially writing a book, it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. Then I go through a period of thinking it’s all crap and wanting to throw it out. Eventually reason prevails and I realize it may not be the great American novel, but it’s okay. I have a natural rhythm of feeling down after I finish any big project. I’m aware of this in myself so I try to plan for it so I’m ready for the doldrums when they happen.

Maybe my problem is that I’m an obsessive planner. I try to schedule everything, including my down times. I know life can’t be regulated that way, still I try. Why can’t I just feel down on schedule and get this thing over with? Another affront to my illusion of control.

Maybe I haven’t hit my slump yet because I have yet to go back and read what I wrote in November. Maybe the slump is lying in wait for until after Christmas to go along with the post-holiday, winter blues, giving me a double whammy. Whatever the reason, I’m doing well, keeping busy and happy. I hope all of you are too!

So, those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo – how are you doing? Any Post NaNo Depression?

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