While my first draft is out to test readers, I've moved on to begin research for my second novel. There was a lengthy time, actually two weeks that felt lengthy, between finishing and moving on. I experienced a 'letdown' period that I want to tell you about.
The process of writing is exciting, pulling every bit of my creativity from my being. When I reach the end of a project, I experience a lull; I suppose it's a drop in the creative adrenaline flow. I didn't know what to do with myself, although I did have another idea for a new novel in my mind--but not ready to begin. I didn't feel like doing anything creative, i.e. sewing, embroidery, watercolor, even photography. So I spent quite a bit of time reading. I actually read two novels and a novella before I was ready to begin my own creative process again, although still not ready to write.
I was tired of reading, so I pulled out my UFO box--unfinished objects (mostly because they feel like UFO's!)--or unfinished projects, as sewers call them. I spent some time finishing a vest and an apron from the box. Actually the velvet quilted vest material had been in the box for well over ten years.
I also looked at a couple of unfinished quilts, but decided not to start again on them, too much time involved to finish them! All the while -- I was thinking on the next book premise.