Not Writing

17 January 2013 in Landing Gear

It’s 2013 and cold and sunny and I’m in the middle of one of those all-too-frequent, and hideous, periods of my life: waiting for the verdict on a new book.  These days I’m waiting to hear back from a small collection of agents and publishers - one agent, two publishers.  Whatever they say, whatever decisions are made, it is likely to lead to a second phase of waiting (more publishers), and then, if all goes well, a third phase of waiting although that third phase is a good phase: if the deals get done, waiting for the book to be published.  The waiting might be interspersed with periods of writing - perhaps a re-write, or an in-depth edit or two - but, really, the major writing on ‘Landing Gear’ is done.

Truth be told, I’ve been enjoying this phase of not writing my book.  Not writing is a great place to be.  I finished the penultimate draft of ‘Landing Gear’ in September, shortly before I started my new post at Bath Spa University.  It’s been wonderful not writing while getting my feet under the table at Bath Spa.  I’m also busy with the launch of The Writing Platform (click on the link to go to our brand new holding page - hooray!), so not writing has been great for that as well.  And over the next three months I have trips to NYC, Boston, Milan, and Vancouver planned, so not writing works well for that too.  The great thing about not writing is that it means you don’t have a huge thing occupying two thirds of your brain, you don’t have a huge thing sitting there, half on your shoulder, half on your desk.

Of course, the reality is I’ve been writing a lot: a number of Inanimate Alice photo stories, an article for the Royal Society of Literature’s magazine, a bunch of presentations, a couple of proposals, a grant application. And I will be writing more articles, presentations, grant applications, ‘Inanimate Alice’ photo-stories. Plus there’s that new idea for my next book/web project…

Not writing won’t last.  So I might as well enjoy it.

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