For a fair amount of time after I published my first book, The Vessel, I waited. This was not because I didn’t have other story ideas mapped out already, nor was it because I didn’t want to carry on writing. I have realised with hindsight that it was largely a reluctance to move away from a project I had spent so long thinking about, working on and immersing myself in.
Even when I got a new work in progress officially underway, it took me a while to get that same buzz I got from The Vessel. This was also in part because its progress was repeatedly slowed and interrupted because of commitments to various freelance writing jobs during the very early stages. After a solid week of good progress however, I found myself gripped by that same excitement I felt back when The Vessel took over the majority of my writing time. I now know with near certainty that this new project will be the next thing I publish. Still a long way off perhaps, but exhilarating and motivating nonetheless.
Have you ever felt a subconscious reluctance to move onto a new project? What are you working on now? Do you get a buzz when a WIP starts to take shape?