Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My Maniac Tendencies
Yes, that's code for: My kids were home when I wrote that last chapter.
Further meaning that I tried to write this emotional scene with a litany of interruptions.
So as you can guess, all day Sunday I was thrilled by her encouraging words while stewing over the "issues" she found. And then yesterday I drove myself crazy with "what if" and "how will I" questions. I literally had knots in my back!
Why do we as writers stress out like this? One day we think we have something great, something readers will love and then the next day we want torch it all?
I know you guys do this too. I read your blogs. ;)
Is being crazy-emotional about a word document just something that comes with the personality of a writer? I'm thinking so. Did the authors of the past throw their typewriters in the trash bin only to gently retrieve it hours later with love and affection? I wouldn't doubt it.
By the way, I think I fixed the problems she found, and am hoping it's great. And I think I want to do another blog post in a few days about how fantastic critique partners are because her reaction to the story as a reader, and then her advice as a critique partner have been absolutely invaluable.
But for now, tell me about your maniac tendencies as they pertain to writing. Ever throw your laptop in the trash?