I’m between books. The second round of Billabong Bend edits aren’t back yet, and I’m on a self-imposed writing break. It’s necessary for writers to take a holiday sometimes. To read, to play, to fill up the creative well – and to do all those chores that get neglected when a manuscript is in full swing. I’m not a naturally tidy person, not by a long shot, but right now the house and garden are neat. The feed and tack rooms are spick and span. I’m doing that nesting thing pregnant women do before giving birth – getting the environment in order so I can devote myself to my new baby/story. So I’ve made a list – It’s time to start writing a new story when:
2. You go to the wardrobe to get a shirt and wind up organising all your clothes by colour.
5. You have defragged your computer, scanned for errors, and backed up files.
7. You have oiled the saddles and bridles.
8. You have discovered the random article button on WikiHow
10. You start checking out different social media networks like Pinterest, Vimeo, Tumbler, StumbleUpon, FourSquare, Reddit, Wattpad, Flickr, DeviantArt, Delicious, and BookLikes. You begin to create any accounts you don’t yet have.
12. The new story is calling out to be written.
Okay, I’ve ticked them all off my list. New book, here I come …