September will be my month of learning.
What, just one month?
Think of it as back to school, metaphorically. I've finished my manuscript (and I say that with crossed fingers and many wishes). Okay, I've finished my manuscript for the time being. Round one. Version one. Draft one. But it's done. And now I realize that I've forgotten how to write.
What? How does writing a book make you forget how to write?
I've been so focused on this one project for long, that I no longer know how to work outside of it. Previously, I talked about living the writer's life, and recently I realized that I was distilling that experience into the context of this one project (plus a bunch of short little postcards for August, and that's now done). Now I need to get back to the whole world, spread my writing wings, start from scratch.
Or I could just work on submissions.
I need to get going again, start with baby steps, crawl, walk, run. It starts with one word and then another word. One image. Ah, that's the trick: I've been looking at images through one filter. I need to broaden my view, open my eyes. Taking a deep breath or two might also help.
What about you? Do you ever feel like you've forgotten what to do, how to start? Does it feel like you've forgotten, in a way, who you are? (Please excuse the melodrama.) How do you get going again?