Post-novella depression

I think I’m experiencing a sort of post-novella depression. Yikes, I can’t imagine how bad it’d be after a full-length novel. But I feel kind of sad that I’m not pumping out new words on it anymore. I miss the outpouring of creativity. I miss the characters I created. I achieved a more in-depth understanding of their personalities, their motivations than I have with characters in my short stories.

Want to start on another major project, see if I can’t keep the “longer work” momentum up. Riffled through my research notes yesterday, and nothing sparked my muse. Think I’ll spend some time this weekend researching various mythologies to see if any of them can kick-start my flagging inspiration.

Up to twenty-four critiques of the current offering on Critters. I’ve noticed something. Female readers tend to like it significantly more than males. There’s a few curve breakers, but it’s turning out to be a pretty consistent trend. I think I might want to try hitting the female editors first with this one.

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3 Responses to Post-novella depression

  1. fetishpunk says:

    I think I’m totally the opposite to you then because so far by the time I’m getting towards the end of a long story I’m glad to see the back of it! 🙂 Maybe you’re just more efficient or focussed than me though and don’t have as much of a wrestling match as I often do…

    Mind you with some of the characters it’s not so much that i feel I’ll miss them but I DO often see more possibilities for them in terms of further storylines etc and want to take them down other paths. SO far the longest completed story I’ve done was 45K but I was actually happy with that one once it was finished and i think because the story kind of encapsulated the main character (who is essentially the ONLY character) when the story finished, so did the character. I’m now 90K into another story but I think perhaps I might feel a little bit more like you are feeling once it is done as I’ve invested a lot more into them…

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