#WW Writing in Limbo

9 Sep

This may be personal in regards to my writing life, but I’d be surprised if it were unique to me. During and right after a book release, it’s difficult for me to write. Not because I don’t want to, but because I end up spending hours upon hours on Luna-P (a.k.a. my lappy toppy) for interviews, guest posts, and social media in general (all of which I love, but it results in some sore eyes). So, for a little while after releases, I’m in a limbo period.

What is a limbo period?

Well, for me, it’s just Dante’s way of saying I’m in wait. I’m not writing right now; I’m simply waiting for the right time to write again. I’m resting, so to speak.

I’ve seen a few people call this writer’s block, but I want to clarify that it isn’t writer’s block, because I could write. (And, as you’ll see below when I talk about what I’ve been doing, you’ll see, in fact, I do write sometimes.) But it’s more like a mental vacation to regain energy and focus.

Maybe I’m the only one who does this…but I doubt it. We all need rest, after all, and I’m still productive during this limbo time.

Coffee and chocolate helps limbo too!

Coffee and chocolate helps limbo too!

What do I do during the limbo?

I mainly analyze where I’m at and where I want to go. Ex. What novel do I want to release next? What about books after that? What do I want to do differently with that novel? Covers? Events? Local events? Traveling?

I set goals, and I try to make them realistic, and I tell myself it’s okay if I don’t make them (but how cool would it be if I do?)

I’m currently in this writing limbo phase. Since Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise have released during the past two months—not to mention Death Before Daylight releasing on September 15—I’ve basically been in limbo for a little while now. And I’ve been enjoying it. While I did complete the rewrite of November Snow—See? You can write during limbo—I have focused a lot of my energy on where I’m going next. For instance, I want to release November Snow next. Then, I think I’ll return to The Tomo Trilogy (good news for you Take Me Tomorrow fans!) In fact, I was analyzing the sequel, Take Me Yesterday, just other night. I also want to try to get more swag for readers and hold two to three local events this fall for the paranormal season. I think it’d also be nice to offer signed box sets of The Timely Death Trilogy this October. So, look out for that. I’ve even taken some time to think over my blogging plan, and I might talk about this more in the future, but I’ll probably be ending guest posts in November (so now is the time to submit at shannonathompson@aol.com). I plan on using the Monday slot for old posts (we’re talking two-year-old blog posts) that were really popular, but are in need of a rewrite.

I’m planning and plotting—and not just books—and I’m having a great time.

Limbo doesn’t have to be a scary place, or an unproductive place, or a place of worry. It can be saved. In fact, it can be looked forward to. It can even take you places.

~SAT

Death Before Daylight, book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy, releases in six days! That being said, the paperback has been moved to October 19, but I hope you all enjoy the last book of the trilogy! You can pre-order it here:  AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks. (And, of course, the first book is free: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks.)

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The latest teaser released

In other news, the Seconds Before Sunrise blog tour is underway. Most recently, we were on Just Amy for a spotlight, but I’ll share more interviews and such soon. If you want to participate in the release day blast for Death Before Daylight, sign up here.

On September 18, Clean Teen Publishing will be hosting an event on Facebook from 7-9 p.m. (EDT) to celebrate the release. I’ll be there and giving away a TON of Dark prizes, so feel free to join us by clicking here.

rp But there are more events to come! Keep an eye out.

Stay Dark,

~SAT

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10 Responses to “#WW Writing in Limbo”

  1. Charles Yallowitz September 9, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    That happens to me and I sometimes do it on purpose. Usually I take a week to relax, focus on the new book, and fiddle with other ideas. This way I’m still productive in both the promotion and writing stages of projects. It’s that first day after publishing or even finishing a book where I kind of sit there going ‘now what?’. Guessing this moment is a good thing because it’s when the mind is switching tracks without being forced.

    • Shannon A Thompson September 9, 2015 at 6:57 am #

      I think it can be a great period! I wonder if I do do it on purpose, like it’s a habit of sorts. I like taking a moment to breathe and think and consider my next options. Thanks for sharing your limbo moment! ‘Switching tracks’ is a great way to explain it.
      ~SAT

      • Charles Yallowitz September 9, 2015 at 7:18 am #

        You’re welcome. Could be that it is on purpose and you’ve done it enough that it’s instinct. Have fun with the debut.

  2. Joanna (Lazuli Portals Trilogy) September 9, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    I totally identify with this. There is so much to do as an author, anyway, that being a writer isn’t just about the wordcount! And all energies ebb and flow and need a recharge sometimes. Good post – I shall share on Twitter 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson September 9, 2015 at 6:59 am #

      I’m glad you liked the post! That ebb and flow part is a perfect way of explaining this moment in time. Thank you for reading and commenting.
      ~SAT

  3. Shadow's Sunshine September 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Love this!!! ❤️

    • Shannon A Thompson September 10, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading and commenting. 😀
      ~SAT

  4. D K Powell September 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    I would kill for limbo time lol. Way too busy to get even close!

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