Oct 042011

I’ve recently re-written my chapter synopsis and changed the storyline for my middle grade novel. This means I am in the middle of a major overhaul. I am cutting, pasting, re-writing, and adding in new bits of information. Trust me when I say, it’s for the best.

My MG novel is in pieces and it’s making me anxious. I’m second guessing and editing when I should be writing. I feel like I’m walking the line between sanity and insanity, between being normal one minute and then sputtering some bizarre thought out loud, when such thoughts should remain unsaid, between wanting to sleep and worrying.

Who knew that such an undertaking could lead to madness? Okay, maybe I knew. I was warned. I knew the signs, but the descent into madness is a slow one, easily missed if you aren’t paying attention and I wasn’t paying attention. So here I am.

I’ve completed my chapter synopsis, character analysis, and my two-sentence pitch. I started writing my proposal. I’m gathering lit agent information. I write and read every day.

I’m not worried about getting it all done. I know myself. I know I’ll get it done. I always do. I just need to relax.

Now, how do I do that?

I normally…

1. Sit in silence.
2. Breathe deep.
3. Drink a hot cup of coffee.
4. Eat candy, cheese, or nuts.
5. Read.
6. Shop.
7. Vent.
8. Go to the movies.
9. Sing songs to my son.

And if all else fails,

10. I make myself a drink.

Share with me how you did it. What are some ways you all relaxed through the novel writing process?


  10 Responses to “Frankly my dear, I’m going a little crazy”

  1. I think the trick is not to overthink things. That said I am making myself crazy over a project I’ve had up on Kickstarter for less than a week, so maybe I’m not one to give advice.

  2. Bridget, I think you’re right. I’m just going to plow ahead and get it done. What’s this project of yours?

  3. I feel your pain, or at least I did over the past few weeks. My current problem is the synopsis itself. The rest is done, pitch paragraph, one-liner, novel…but the synopsis is kicking my butt. Which is why I’m procrastinating reading writerly blogs and spending way too much time on Twitter.

    A nice long, relaxing soak in the tub usually helps me (do all my best thinking in there). Also, the stationary bike at the gym, a long walk – anything to put distance between me and what’s driving me crazy 🙂

  4. Hello Cheryl,

    Thanks for posting some of the ways you relax! I need to incorporate some of those into my weekly routine.

    The synopsis took me a few days to write. I had to really buckle down and focus. I got it done and you will too. I’m sure of it. 🙂 Good luck!

  5. I often vent to my dad about the whole thing. Then he reminds me this is not my job. I’m doing something I love. It helps. For a little bit. 😛

  6. I hear you. 🙂

    I finished the chapter I was working on today! Woot! Exciting!

  7. I find that a bit of chocolate helps…well, not with the writing but it sure gives me a satisfying smile.

  8. Mmm chocolate. 🙂

  9. I take a walk or I paint.

  10. I allow myself to take a break and work on one of my other writing projects (usually a short story). I also recently picked crocheting back up. I know you’ll get through it!! Good luck!

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