I’m in the cooldown period.
Whenever I finish a draft of a story (this is the second of this particular story) I set it aside for a little while before looking it over again. The cooldown period could last anywhere from a few days to a week or so. Just enough time for me to not feel so close to it, but short enough that I haven’t forgotten how I want it to feel.
It’s a luxury, I know. This idea of a cooldown period. Some people are writing at a breakneck pace, or writing to hit deadlines. I can afford a cooldown, and I hope that most other writers are able to find a way to fit such a thing into their schedule.
That doesn’t mean that I won’t be writing for a week. I will just move on to one of the other stories that I’ve been working on. I’ll just push that one to one side for a short while before I look it over again.
The hope is that when I read it over I don’t find too many glaring errors or deficiencies. There will likely be a few lines that get tweaked. Maybe some slight rewording here and there. After that, I will send it out into the world where it can gather a few rejections. Currently, I think it’s a fairly good story. Something with some sci-fi ideas, but a core of humanity. A story that will speak to at least some audiences out there. A story that says something to me, at the very least. It’s something I hope to ultimately sell to one of the major sci-fi outlets. We’ll see what I think of it in a week.