Sep 12, 2017 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I decided while I was finishing Hat Trick, that I would add a new ritual to my book writing process. A sort of cleansing of the mental palate, if you will. There is such an amazing feeling once I send a book off to print and release it out into the wild. With my first couple of books, there was a panic...what if I clicked send too early? What if she wasn't really ready? How do I un-send (a wish I have also had with more than my share of text messages as well)?

Now I know that there is no perfect draft, no perfect anything, really, which takes a lot of pressure off. I am excited to have people meet characters and get stories which previous to my clicking send, only existed in my mind.

My new cleansing ritual is after I click send, I am going to go to a hotel for a couple of nights. Pack away the novel I just sent out into the world and unpack the next novel I am working in this case, I packed away Hat Trick (not too far into the mental attic though, November will be here soon and book four in the Lucky Charms series will be my NaNo for 2017).  I unpacked Driven West and started the process of adding to the draft. At current, she is weighing in at a little over 57,000 words (thank you, NaNo 2014), so I have some work to do.  Since Driven West is my first mystery, I also have some misdirection and sneaky-sneakyisms to add.

The retreat was refreshing and just what I needed to clear my mind of book #8 and start planning book #9. I also used the time to do some planning for NaNo 2017 (50k words in 30 days doesn't happen without some serious planning). I also made a game plan for the rest of 2017 as there are (only *gasp*) 16 weeks left of the year. It was a great ritual and one I will continue at the completion of each book!