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The best way to get through the pain of saying goodbye to your novel is to have a clear plan of what to do next.

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When you finish a book, there is a real feeling of deflation. However, don’t despair! Begin to see the sadness of letting go as a positive, not a negative.

If you are sad, then you cared. Your heart was in the story.

You need to remind yourself that this will not be your only book.


Audio From Kim Wilkins – Tips For Letting Go


Letting go of your first novel can be difficult. Listen as Kim talks about strategies for dealing with this phase of the writing process.

Don’t forget to download the audio notes below too (available in PDF format) before you listen to this week’s lesson so you can take notes.



PDF (right click and ‘Save As’): Audio Notes – Lesson 21 – Letting Go

Use this document to organise your notes while listening to the ‘Letting Go’ audio.


Here are some strategies for moving on:

– Think about the next book.

– Detach from the story you are in so you can edit clearly.

– Have a closing ceremony.

– Have a book party.

– Make an editing plan.



– That finishing a novel is an amazing accomplishment.

– You have a moment of inspiration and the composition phase can be deflating.

– Take heart that revision can bring your manuscript closer to that feeling of inspiration you had at the beginning.


Do have a break from your manuscript for a month at least before you go back to editing.

You must enjoy the process of writing. Have goals and dreams, but remember they cannot sustain you unless you do something with them.

You will always have control over the writing in front of you.

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red avatar 5EXERCISE : New Book

Time to get you into that new book mindset.



  1. Set the timer for 30mins.
  2. A publisher loves your manuscript and wants to give you a two-book deal on the proviso that you send a blurb for a second book back within the next half hour.
  3. GO! Come up with a brand new idea, a blurb and a title.
  4. Post it on the New Book Forum.
  5. Then answer the following questions on the forum:
    • How did that activity feel?
    • Was it easy or hard?
    • Did you surprise yourself?
    • Did you switch genres?


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