What I’m Doing Instead of Writing

I finished my NaNo project only about a week ago, and I’m already itching to start a whole new project. There’s a few problems with actually that, namely that I don’t have any projects suiting my fancy at the moment. The option is always there to charge ahead into something. Throw caution to the wind and all that. But when after giving into that urge last year, I was forced to shelve a partially finished, 171-page manuscript for good.

No writing is wasted. But I’d rather focus on recharging my creative juices for a while. Here’s what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks instead of writing:

  • Play Video Games
    Last January and February, I spent a whole lot of time playing Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead computer games. I pretty much vowed never to play them again (because of the tearjerker endings, not the game quality), but I recently restarted the first game. There may also be a couple new games in my Steam Library thanks to the Steam Winter Sale, but I’m not telling. Getting through the games should take enough time that I’m ready to write again.
  • Catch up on Television
    The OnDemand function on my cable-box goes on the fritz after about 5 PM each night because everyone with Verizon in my town is watching shows after work. Working mostly days and other weird shifts mean it’s tough to catch up on shows as a result. So I’ll get a chance to binge watch during the day when I’m not working during the time that I’d normally be writing.
  • Write & Schedule Posts for this Blog
    I rocked the whole “write & schedule posts weeks ahead of time” thing this past fall. At one point, there were like three weeks of posts all set and ready to go. That’s something I’d like to get back into doing, so I’ll be spending a bit of time getting all of January’s (and maybe even February’s) posts done.
  • Finish my 2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge
    In order to finish my 2015 GoodReads Challenge, I have to finish four more books. Reading four novels during less than a week is doable, but not exactly feasible while working. So I’ll be finishing up last volumes of Rurouni Kenshin manga. Maybe even the George Washington biography and Playing with Fire that I’ve started reading but haven’t finished.
  • Revise Other Projects
    Technically this isn’t writing. Technically. I’ll be revising my Camp NaNo novel from the spring, or at least giving it a first pass revision. It needs a whole lot of work based upon what I’ve read so far. But that’s a good thing. It’ll help me refine my writing without committing to a brand new project. Besides, I need to sit down and revise it eventually.

What kinds of things do you do when you’re giving your writing time to breathe? Or are you the kind of writer to dives right into editing the moment you type “The End”?

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