What does one do after the project is done? I think you start a new one. It’s like making a habit of reading books at bedtime. If you find yourself without, you look woefully at the seed catalogues and magazines, but they just leave your mind more awake. What you need is a good novel.
My next book of fiction. I think the way to do it is write in the morning, steadily, until an idea pops out. Usually, my best ideas come while I’m washing the dishes. I’ve got an inkling, a young heroine and a mysterious cave.
If I were to cluster “cave” I’d get:
dark bats riches clouds, lack of
paths cave magic
wings fluttering entrance hidden mysterious protagonist
Of course the problem in clustering on a public medium is the degree of self-consciousness that enters the game. That is why blogging is different from composing a novel. The latter needs, what? Many many drafts and no one looking. The former requires instantaneous verve.