Post creation Depression 

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.

How To Cope With Post Creation Depression

  • Always plan. I have been through many projects and from experience, I start planning my next project before the end of the present one. Always ensure that the end of one project is the start of another after a brief break of course.
  • Celebrate your success with family and friends to give you that added boost.
  • Never allow the negative comments of others break you. The worth of your project does not depend on what others place on it. Only you can place a price on it. If you have put in 100 percent, give yourself a pat on the back and be proud of your achievement.
  • Fill any void created by the completion of your project by giving your time, energy and resources to help others. An ancient but reliable proverb says, “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”

  • Take a break if you can. It does not have to be something elaborate. The saying “the best things in life are free,” the New York Times says it was coined by Coco Channel and it may apply here. Taking a walk in your neighborhood or driving through some scenic views like the Icefields Parkway may be just what you need.
  • Start your next Project as soon as possible.

In my next post I would be discussing the joys and challenges of getting self published. Please remember to sign up for my newsletter.

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