This past weekend, I emailed a query, synopsis, and new manuscript to my editor at Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I wrote, critiqued, revised and organized the submission in 4 months. Four months was my target time frame when I started writing the book in October 2011. I wanted to know if it was possible for me to complete a book in 16 weeks, especially one that is longer in length. (The new word count for HRS is 70-75,000 words.)
Turns out, it's completely possible. I didn't feel as though I needed to go to any extremes (skipping sleep, canceling plans, missing events) to meet it either.
I have my fingers crossed that Harlequin will want to buy it!
The day after I submitted the manuscript, I started my next manuscript. I already had an idea and outline lodged in my mind, so it was easy going.
I was talking to another writing buddy and she mentioned that it helps her to take a break between books.
I haven't taken days off from writing since I had my son a little over a year ago.
Do you think time away helps creativity or hurts it? How much time away is TOO much time?