There are so many in-between phases in the writing life.
There’s the time before you begin writing a story, but have already felt the beginnings of a story simmering inside you.
The time between finishing a draft and revising it.
The time between finishing that draft and revising it yet again. (Repeat as necessary.)
The time between finishing a story and starting a new one.
What do you do with that in-between time? I’ve discovered this must be what non-writers call hobbies. Things that bring you joy, that you do purely for fun and pleasure. Which isn’t to say that writing is not something that brings me joy or that brings me pleasure…it’s just that I don’t quite see it as a hobby so much as a part of my life. Like breathing and reading.
I’m learning that the most nurturing hobbies for me are the ones that allow me to turn off my writer’s brain for a bit. Walking through my house the other day, I realized something. [Read more…]