Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Post Book Burnout

Okay, so I met my write two 80K books in 4 1/2 months deadline. Phew. And I thought I'd be elated, euphoric, ecstatic. Instead, it was a real downer.

At first I couldn't relax, and then I was in a fog, and then I was depressed, and then that all merged into an antsy depressed fog.

Better now. :)

Does this happen to anyone else, or just me?

OH!!! And Happy St. Patrick's Day!

9 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

Big yes. Take some time to recharge, do stuff completely unrelated to writing. Go to a museum or the like.

Maureen McGowan said...

Sadly, I already have my revision letter... So no rest for the wicked. Yet.

Subourbon Wife said...

All I wanted to do was complete my first draft...and then I did. My husband wanted to celebrate; I wanted to cry. I have no idea why I do this - look forward to something for so long and then become saddened once I've achieved it. Of course, I don't have a book deal and am sick of getting beaten up with rejections (although I've only received 3 - I know I've got a lot more in my future). But it's great to hear from published writers saying something similar. Maybe I'm not so weird after all, so thanks.

Eileen said...

It's always a let down. I often schedule something for right after I finish a book so I don't mope too much. Things like painting a room which explains a lot about what my house looks like.

Molly O'Keefe said...

I was watching the interview with Jeremy Rennick (is that his name?? The hurt locker guy - too freaking tired to check) and Affleck was interviewing him - it was great. But Jeremy said he partied like crazy upon his Oscar nomination and then, the depression set in - I think it's totally chemical. Phermones etc... can't avoid it must just keep working.

or paint your house - not a bad idea.

Maureen McGowan said...

With hindsight, a household project would have been perfect. I was still in go-go-go mode at first and would probably have gotten stuff done.

Sinead M said...

Happy St. Patrick's day..

Always good to have something to do when finished a book, especially something physical, burn off some energy.

Ann Lethbridge said...

Happy St. Pat's day. And congrats on finishing. More bubbly needed to keep your spirits up. I hate sending a book in. I procrastinate pressing send for days, if I have the time. Hate it.
I feel for you.
Ann

Kimber Chin said...

Wowsers, Maureen, that deserves one huge congrats.

And chuckling about the revision letter. I've never really had time to get depressed about finishing because of those dang edits. I DO find it difficult to jump right into another story, though it is necessary if you write slowly like I do.

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