In the Lull: What to Do Between Projects

When we finish and release a creative project, especially something as large and involved as a book, we can sometimes feel a little ... lost. 

We no longer have the forward-moving energy of a visible goal, or the push of a creative imperative. Instead, the world of possibility feels vast and open, and we might have trouble finding landmarks to guide our next steps. Now that we've "made it," we aren't sure where to go. 

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However, in our rush to create more, do more, be more, we often forget to take the time to savor our accomplishments, and just be with the energy of completion. 

Rather than drifting, anchorless, in an empty sea, waiting impatiently for the next bolt of creative genius to strike, we should revel in the stillness of this between-place, and cherish it for the gift it truly is. 

Throughout the creation phase of any project, we are giving. We are pouring energy (in the form of our resources, time, thought, and effort) into the physical container which will eventually contain our divine inspiration. When the final stage of the project is completed, we often feel empty, drained, hollowed-out - as if we have nothing left to give. This can give rise to anxiety, discomfort, or even depression, especially if we believe that we need to be actively creating in order to feel fulfilled. 

But if we can sit with the discomfort, and restrain ourselves from charging off after that next sparkling flash of inspiration, we will discover something magical. For in the lull that follows completion, we are able to receive.  

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All of the energy we put into our creation will flow back to us, if we allow. it. In the lull, we are no longer flowing energy through us, like a sieve. Instead, we are like an empty glass, just waiting to be refilled with love, gratitude, and possibility. 

So, if you're feeling a little desolate after a big project, try to sit back and let all the goodness of your efforts flow back to you. You'll know when the time is right to dive in again; don't rush it. We are made to give and receive in equal measure. 



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Bryna Rene Haynes is the founder and President of The Heart of Writing, the chief editor for Inspired Living Publishing, and the best-selling author of The Art of Inspiration: An Editor's Guide to Writing Powerful, Effective Inspirational and Personal Development Books. In over a decade as a writer, editor, ghostwriter, designer, and publishing consultant, she has helped hundreds of authors find their authentic voices and create powerful, memorable, successful works. She lives outside of Providence, RI, with her husband, Matthew, and their little Moonbeam, Áine.