Post creation depression is the feeling of exhaustion most times accompanied by moodiness that is a result of the void created by completing a project — often experienced by authors, artists and film producers.
As some of you may know, my first children’s storybook was published a few weeks ago. As you might have imagined, I was pleased about this as it had taken years before I finally had the guts to take my story out of a mere manuscript to a real book that is now published.
Like any other projects, this took a lot of my time. Reading, editing, formatting, getting the right Illustrator and working with my Illustrator to bring out the best pictures for the book. Then, came submission time and rejection by Amazon for not getting it right several times, until finally, it got accepted for publishing!
The general feeling was joy, confidence, and great satisfaction. However, I sometimes struggle with the sadness of the void of completion and the exhaustion that comes along with it. Also, the fear of the unknown, like how would people respond to my new book? I now have no deadlines; the fundamental question is what next? I find myself gazing into thin air trying to make sense of everything around me.
Interestingly, I never realized that this sort of feeling is common and even has a name, Post-Creation-Blues. Everyone deals with this differently so, please my suggestions are based on my own experience. Get professional help if you feel terrible.
In my next post I would be discussing the joys and challenges of getting self published. Please remember to sign up for my newsletter.