A few months ago, I wrote a list of things you can do while waiting for a book to come out (you can check it out here). Today, I am writing about what to after that book comes out and the blues that follows. Post-Book Blues is a real condition that affects many. Common symptoms include, glossy eyes, hazy minds and fatigue. Here are some things to help you get through.
- Get some rest/exercise/water.
You’ve spent the last few days reading during your free time, cutting into your sleep. Only eating foods that be eaten with one hand and sitting while reading. Restore your body back to pre-book health.
- Take a break from reading.
You’ve just had a transformative experience. Give yourself some time to digest what you’ve read. It doesn’t have to be a long time, just enough to let it all sink in.
- Read another book.
They say that the best way to get over a man is to get under a new one, perhaps the same can go for books. You’ve felt this way about a book before and survived so it probably won’t be the last time you’ll feel this way.
- Pass along the message.
Write a review and buy a copy (I don’t loan books) for a friend who likes to read. This way, you will have someone to talk about the book with. If you are anything like me, you may not have very many people who read the same books as you. Create more.
- Write something…anything.
While I don’t consider myself a writer, it is something that I’d like to improve. I find myself most inspired to write after I’ve read a piece by a talented writer. Perhaps the author has a great method of inserting humor into a plot or is great at descriptive writing. Or maybe, the subject in the piece has struck a chord within. Even if you don’t like the characters in the book or the ending, write out why you didn’t like it. Now is the best time to get it all out on paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even coherent, just give it a try.