Monday, August 21, 2006

And You Wonder Why We Call It Deadline Psychosis

Ever wonder how it feels to be a writer who has been up for over 24 hours and is less than 24 pages away from finishing the #@*@(# book?

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Barbara, over-caffeinated, over-tired, and soooooo close to The End


Blogger Jean Brashear said...

We're with you, babe!

I always feel simultaneously crazed to be finished and grieving to leave my people behind, at that point. Because, though we see them again at revisions, line edits,'s never the same as that first time. You (or this is true of me, at least) never live inside them so closely again, and it's sad to say goodbye to what feels like your best friends (and sometimes worst tormentors, on those bad writing days, eh?)

You go, girlie!!!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Jean, thanks for the kind words of support, but right now I just want space aliens to come down, abduct my characters, and take them to a galaxy far, far away!

11:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie Denton said...

Barbara - Sympathy, hugs and ready and waiting with the virtual champagne for those two blessed words -- The End! Those last 30 pages or so are always such a mixed blessing for me. I can't wait to get rid of those people, yet I mourn saying goodbye. What's a writer to do?

6:36 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

OMG, I LOVE the graphic! So perfect!

We have confidence in you, Barbara. You've done it before and you can do it again!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Well, it's 8:26 p.m. EDT and the blankety-blank thing still ain't done. I'm so wired from caffeine that I'm bouncing off the walls and so exhausted (from not sleeping [see above]) that I find myself drifting off into one of those stare-at-the-screen-but-you're-really-semiconscious states that seem to be part of deadline psychosis. ACK! Doncha just love writing for a living, Ladies?

(And yes we really do. This is all part of the territory.)

8:34 PM  

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