Writers sometimes ask me, “What should I do between books?”
There should never be a “between books.”
Don’t blow your momentum.
Myself, I want to be ninety pages into the next book before I finish the one I’m working on now. My aim is to move seamlessly from one to the other. If I knock off Book #13 on Tuesday, I’m deep into the trenches on #14 Wednesday.
Resistance loves it when we stop working.
I have a friend at the gym who used to hang out with Jack Lalanne. He said Jack had a rule.
It’s okay if you skip a day working out. But on that day you’re not allowed to eat.
Jack had another axiom:
Every day you skip takes six days to make up.
Can that be true? I have no idea. But I know every day of writing we miss makes it that much harder when we come back.
Bail on three days and our writing muscles start going soft.
Skip a week and we’re falling behind the eight-ball.
Miss a month and it’s like starting over from scratch.
Stephen King writes three-sixty-five, including Christmas and his birthday.
There should be no “between books.”