Okay, get your brain outta the gutter! lol .... I'm not talking about those drawers. I'm talking about your drawers of plots, schemes, characters, and literary gems.
See, I've got these craft drawers in my "office" that are stuffed with odds and ends: fabrics, beads, pictures, etc ... crafts, in a very broad sense of the word. My hubby loathes these drawers. If he had his way he'd come in with a giant garbage bag and dump it all. I, of course, would have heart failure and and if I survived, would cry uncontrollably for days on end.
Lol, okay so maybe I was exaggerating there. But my point is that I don't use these crafts everyday. Sometimes it could be a few months before I even open up these drawers ... but they're there if I need them. Hubby doesn't get this. He doesn't undertand that I may need to delve into my craft drawers for an unexpected art project with the kids ... OR ... I may be spontaneously filled with desire to create at any given moment. DUH!
Now, reverting back to the writing world.... you've probably got some stuff in your writing drawers too. Ideas and characters and themes you're waiting for the perfect opportunity to use. But contrary to the craft drawers, I think we need to be careful how long we hold onto these litarary ideas. If we keep these ideas in our "drawers" too long we may never use them.
Which brings me to my final point: DON'T HOLD BACK!
Why wait for the next book? Why not go for it with the one you're working on?? Air out those literary drawers and get moving... even if it's just a short story, use it. Bring those ideas, characters, etc. to fruition and get it down in text. You can always come back to tweak later.
So start digging, my friends! Start pulling those precious little things from your drawers ... get them to the light, Carol Ann. Don't keep them tucked away for the story you plan to write next year. Write it now!
BTW If you get a chance, hop over to Everything Boho and watch the video of JK Rowling addressing Harvard graduates on failure and imagination. It's moving.