I feel a loss that my adventure is over.
I feel free.
I feel lost.
This happens to me after every book I've finished. So, that would be the fourth time, now.
I'm so happy to have finished the first draft. So happy I want to dive right in and edit.
But I know better. If I wait a few weeks, the editing will go better.
So, what to do with my new-found freedom? Well, at least THIS TIME I have other obligations. A book to critique (my critique partner will surely appreciate that). TV shows to get caught up on (need to make room on the DVR). Heck, I may actually finish the short story I started back last summer.
But I still feel that loss.
When I took my shower this morning, it was sad that I didn't have to plot out the next scene to my book. Sad that the characters were no longer talking in my head.
I really need to start thinking of my next book, because really, who wants to take a quiet shower? Not me! And the drive into work? Ugh. I need those voices (I know how that sounds, but I AM a writer!).
Which leads me to this question: Should I come up with a totally new idea, or go back to my series?
I miss my vampires. I love my vampires. But should I continue to write my vampire stories if I haven't sold them yet?
Any advice out there?