Imagine you’re at a gourmet, five course meal. Between each portion you’re encouraged to enjoy some bread with oil–but you don’t want to eat too much of it and spoil your appetite. Except, if you don’t eat the bread, your appreciation of the next course could be spoiled by the lingering taste of the previous dish.
Imagine you’re at a lovely wine tasting. The winery produces an excellent wine, with several varieties. You want to try them all while you have the chance–what if you miss tasting the one that’s destined to be your favorite? But one flavor blends into the next unless you take a moment between samples to cleanse your palate. So you sniff a tiny cup of coffee beans before tasting the next type of wine.
Now, think of your writing. You’ve finished your story! It’s time for you to let it rest and move on to something else. You might be tempted to rush right into the next project. Or, if you find you can’t switch gears that quickly, you might feel guilty or lazy or worried there’s something wrong with you.
But all you need is some time to cleanse your palate.
Take a breather.
Refresh and renew.
Then, you can dive into the new project with all your senses, all your creative efforts focused on the NOW.
Write. Cleanse your palate. Write some more.
It’s a formula that’s sure to see you over many a bridge between one story and the next.
Do you “cleanse your palate”? What do you like to do to help you cross that bridge from one story to another?
*p.s. I have decided (Tuesday night) that I am hardcore NiNoWriMo-ing this month. I’m going to write an 80K YA sci fi this month. Wanna join me? My Twitter is ali_cross and the handle is #NiNoWriMo!*