I've spent a lot of time the past few days wondering what writers do when they're not writing their novels.
I've come up with some answers. They work on non-fiction pieces. They work on short stories. They start a new novel. They read a lot. They clean their houses. They get out and enjoy the world.
The problem? I miss working on my novel. I don't miss the novel itself so much, I just miss the daily habit of getting up and always knowing exactly what I have to do and what world I'm going to inhabit. I've gotten into a rhythm and it's been disorienting not having it.
What I should be working on is an essay for my publishing class. I'm writing on cover art. But after spending months in a fictional story, with my heroine and baddies and danger, my essay seems really boring.
I think the solution to the problem would be to immerse myself in another story, to start my next novel, revive an old one, or to play with a short story. But it all sounds like so much work. And worse, I don't have a good track record with multi-tasking. What if I get too distracted? After all, I'm supposed to go back to my novel on Friday.
So for now? I'll just whine.
What about you? How do you take a break from work?