Remember that full manuscript I had out to an agent? Well, she sent back a rejection, the main reason for which made no sense at all. Anyway, it sent me into a total tailspin. Yes, I do know rejections are a part and parcel of the whole thing, and heaven knows I have a drawer full (or would have, if I printed them out, LOL). Normally I just mark ’em off on the spreadsheet and keep on going, but for some reason, this one hit me really hard. Maybe it’s because it’s so hard to get a request for a full in the first place that had my hopes soaring, and maybe it was just the effect of the culmination of all the rejection letters… the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
Anyway, I went into a deep depression, and spent a week and a half binge-watching NCIS and then discovered NCIS New Orleans which I hadn’t even known about, so I watched all 4 seasons. I just totally did NOT think about writing at all and hardly even going near the computer. and got back to at least thinking about writing for a week, while binge-reading a couple of paranormal romance series that I’d already read and liked by Jenny Schwartz, as well as a couple of old Christine Feehan favorites.
Then I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, as my mom says. I called up my next project, a finished manuscript that needs major revisions, and got to work. And to be honest? I’m actually doing BETTER with that huge 3-week break. For a year and a half, I’ve been doing little BUT writing… or thinking about writing, editing, revising, characterization, pitches, queries… tweeting about writing *grins* Basically every waking minute is spent doing *something* around writing. With that big break, I definitely feel refreshed and ready to dive back into it again! I hadn’t even realized, until I came back, that I was burning out.
So it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing and actually worked to my advantage, my mind is zipping with fresh ideas!