- You feel lost. Your draft has been a huge part of your life. You basically ate, slept and hung out with each other for months and now that its gone (resting in a drawer or out for feedback) you feel lost without it.
- You feel disorientated. Whilst writing your draft you knew the direction your story was taking you. Now that your novel draft is no longer with you are starting to doubt the direction. The path ahead seems unclear.
- You are weary. Each draft of your novel saps your energy.
- You feel alone. Others around you are at different stages of their novel journeys. They don’t seem to have reached the same desolate spot that you now find yourself in.
- You feel trapped. Until your draft novel returns (from resting in a writing folder or until your reviewers have given their feedback) you cannot move on from this weird place.
- You feel emotional. You can’t stop thinking about whether this literary journey was worth it, whether you will ever feel like your old self again and why you can’t stop breaking down in floods of tears when someone mentions it.
- You sense trouble is ahead. You know that working on your next draft is not going to be easy. In fact it’s going to be a hard slog. Those dark mysterious hills in the distance represent your next draft.
- You are a bit scared. This is new and unfamiliar territory.
- You know you have to carry on. Something inside you which you can’t explain is pushing you to go on with your journey. You have tried giving up but you can’t do it.
I have been wandering aimlessly around the wilderness for ages after finishing my second draft. I can tick all of the above emotions.
However I feel like I am now ready to move on and head for those hills!
Good luck writers!