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Ferrit Leggings



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I have to ask my fellow professional and non-professional writers out there a question. After completing my book, which was a very personal book, even though it is fiction, I have been slightly depressed. Is this normal? I am grumpy and pissy when I should be happy about completing it. It is a struggle for me to be cordial with people. I think I need to write something new.

Shocked Shocked Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Shocked Shocked


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Ta,
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Post Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:49 pm   View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Dave



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Was talking about somthing like this with people at work (computer company) today; how it's really hard to come out of crunch/crisis-mode or that sorta-lost feeling you get when a big project finally finishes. I think you're in a pretty normal place and that most people in project-based jobs probably have this happen sometimes.

Diving back in is one way to deal with it. Another way, my personal favorite, is to do something really stupid/different/weird/frivolous to try to shock yourself out of the groove you've been in. YMMV.

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Ferrit Leggings wrote:
I have to ask my fellow professional and non-professional writers out there a question. After completing my book, which was a very personal book, even though it is fiction, I have been slightly depressed. Is this normal? I am grumpy and pissy when I should be happy about completing it. It is a struggle for me to be cordial with people. I think I need to write something new.

Shocked Shocked Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Shocked Shocked


I would love some feedback> Question

Ta,


Yeah, sounds right to me. I get about an hour of feeling giddy, followed by about two weeks of feeling doomed.

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earthshoes



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My less than interesting, non-professional, but maybe useful saga:

I went into my first major writing project with a sequel in mind so I didn't suffer from much in the way of the after-Christmas let-down --for a while. But about a quarter of the way into the sequel it occurred to me to worry whether there were any other stories in me at all. That fear had me in its clutches for several months before I admitted it to myself.

Ultimately, a shift in medium resolved it--I joined an (expensive) on-line workshop very briefly and studied short-story writing, something I hadn't done since early college. Short story writing commanded a whole new set of skills- think of it as cross training--and I learned a lot. It also pretty much eliminated the concern that I wasn't ever going to write anything else.


It's worth a try.
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My writing goes in much shorter spurts, basically I'll be sitting there minding my own buisness and out of nowhere a song will smack me in the head and come pouring out completely finished. Yes I do fine tune it a bit and do some more arranging but afterwards it feels like I'm almost hollow for a day or two afterwards and then I'm stuck with the feeling that I'll never be able to do this again or even worse that I will and will feel this crappy all over again. Some call this manic depressive behavoir, I call it a good week.
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Ferrit Leggings



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Thanks for the advice. Most people in my family don’t understand, they are landscapers, bank managers, and teachers and so on but what a crap thing to say, understand. I sound like some soap opera star attempting to do Neil Simon and wondering why no one likes my performance.

A short scene:

“No one understands me.”
“That’s all right.”
“But it’s not all right. I want to be understood.’
‘It could be your tumour that is making you feel like this. Here take some Morphine and you will feel better.’
Snickers and, the misunderstood, takes a few pills.
“Do you feel better now?”
“No but suddenly I want to party likes its 1999.”
“Oh, yea baby.”
I spinning globe comes down from the ceiling as the scene ends with a young Jewish soldier being deflowered in Biloxi (sp) by a Producer.

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

BTW: I don’t have a problem with new ideas.

Ta.
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Post partum depression. Yup. It's a fact 'o life. The moments of elation and pride of accomplishment, followed almost immediately by the fear that you'll never have another idea worth writing about ever again.

I have a writer friend back in Santa Fe whose strategy is to always have 2-3 projects running concurrently. During the writing process, if he isn't inspired to work on one of them, he can always switch to one of the others. After one of them is finished, he does the same thing, and switches to one of the other projects. He claims it works for him. Then again, he also claims to have seen Elvis working as a dealer in an Indian casino outside of Albuquerque, so... Cool

There is some good advice in Stephen King's "On Writing" on not necessarily considering the book finished when it's finished. He suggests a couple of things. First is to cultivate a "first reader," someone you can trust to provide some useful (as opposed to destructive) feedback on the book. The second is to let it sit for a while (I forget exactly how long he suggests, but I think it's 6 weeks to two months) and then go back and read it again yourself. He feels (about his own writing) that it takes that long to get sufficient distance on the book to be able to do that final "kill your children" edit before sending it off.

A fairly classic publishing/rewrite story revolves around Mary Doria Russell's tremendous book "The Sparrow." She tells the story of how it was rejected something like 60 times before it was published. Every time she'd send it out to a publisher, she would also give a copy to one (and only one) "trusted reader." When both would come back, with comments, she'd rewrite a little, based on the lessons learned. When the book was actually published, it won most of the major awards in the field.

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I'm a freak. I was elated when I finished my book and sent it off to the publisher. Of course that may have had more to do with working 18 hours a day on it for the last two weeks to hit my deadline than anything else. Wink I stayed pretty happy until the first proof came back and I saw how much work still needed to be done. Wink I don't think I ever was depressed about it being done but I did spend a LOT of time playing computer games.... Very Happy
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I'm a freak. I was elated when I finished my book and sent it off to the publisher. Of course that may have had more to do with working 18 hours a day on it for the last two weeks to hit my deadline than anything else.


Whoa. Maybe I was on the dumb train, but . . . are you published Tal? If so, what kind of book?

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Hillary wrote:
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I'm a freak. I was elated when I finished my book and sent it off to the publisher. Of course that may have had more to do with working 18 hours a day on it for the last two weeks to hit my deadline than anything else.


Whoa. Maybe I was on the dumb train, but . . . are you published Tal? If so, what kind of book?


I am. Its a book on Science-fiction and Fantasy Reader's Advisory for Librarians. It basically helps librarians who don't read SF/Fan find books for those who don't know what to read next.
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