When writing novels, it takes a lot of work to get that initial draft done, then edited (and edited and edited) and finally published. So what do you do in the meantime or when you need a break?
It's important to keep your writing muscles in shape, especially when you're not actively working on your novel. It always surprises me how quickly I can get out of the habit of regular writing, so while I search out publishing opportunities for my manuscripts (or take a breather from editing), I give myself mini writing projects.
Though these writing projects are small, I still write with the intention of submitting the final piece for publishing. That way while I slowly progress on my novels, I can still build up my portfolio.
In the past, I've enjoyed writing poetry and short flash fiction pieces. Recently though, I've really liked writing nonfiction articles for online magazines or entering writing contests. Since the topics vary from travel to self-growth, they're a great way for me to take a break from my novel/fiction headspace.
Whatever mini project you give yourself, keep these questions in mind:
What are other ways you keep your writing muscles in shape when on a break from a manuscript?
Hi, I'm Jessica! I'm on a mission to make my writing better in hopes of becoming a published novelist. It's been a crazy journey so far as I learn the twists and turns of the publishing world, but it's been worth it. Though I'm still learning how to be the best writer I can be, I'm excited to share what I learn with you. Happy writing!