So yesterday I posted about what this particular author does when the book is done (aside from *twitching*, that is!), including:
Tries not to even THINK about the next book!
But, of course, part of being an author is that you’re always thinking about the next book, i.e. “through the day, story; through the night, story…” Or a story in some form or other, whether short story, novella, play (et al.)
I believe that is part of the essential evolution of story, when it’s revolving and evolving in your head, ahead of making it’s way to the blank page—the “sit on the porch and rock” part of the creative process.
The trick, though, is to know when it’s time to quit rocking, kick those hound dogs off the porch, and sit down at the pc/typewriter. And to know that you can’t wait for the Muses(s) forever: sometimes the author has to seize the day and sit down and just write anything, simply to get started.
Them’s my thoughts, anyway—but I’m always interested to hear alternate experiences and views.