I’m writing a book and I’ve noticed a trend: At the beginning of the day I LOVE it and at the end of the day I HATE it.
Do other writers experience this?
At 6 A.M., I’m quite enthusiastic. At 10 A.M. I think it’s the best writing I’ve ever done. In the early afternoon, the good feeling I have about reaching the day’s goal is overshadowed by thoughts of how much remains to be written. After that, it’s all downhill.
While preparing dinner, I’m slicing, dicing, stirring and wondering what made me think the book needed to be written in the first place … AND I’m muttering, despairing missed opportunities to do something else with my life. (I would’ve made a very good NANNY or ASTRONAUT!)
The sun sets and when it rises again (or before), the whole ride starts again.
It’s a NUTSY life, this writer thing. I TOLD people I wasn’t cut out for it. I’m not unstable enough.
Let the record show that just yesterday my own mother said, ”You’ve always been a very even-keeled person.” (I think I need to put that in my book.)
My next step? Well, I’m NOT going to stop working on the book. We just had that discussion over dinner, the same discussion we’ve had over dinner almost every night since this started.
I just heard someone on the radio talking about Eunice Kennedy Shriver being a force behind the Special Olympics. The man said: “She simply would not give up until she achieved her goal. She believed in following through, all the way to the end.” Yes! Thank you, Eunice Shriver. I will follow all the way through to the end.
BUT I am seriously considering ending my writing day earlier, before I fall off the cliff. I’m going to stop earlier and go do something else.
Can someone please tell me, though. Is this a normal writer thing or is it just me?