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I'm too braindead to be clever…
Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I’m pages away from being finished with my current work-in-progress. By now, I’m thoroughly sick of it. Sad, but true. It happens when I’m closing in on the finish line for a long project.

I want it over. I feel as though I’ll scream if I read what I’ve already written one more time. I’m ready to wrap this sucker up, toss it at my wonderful editor, and let her throw up all over it before she ships it back to me again. I think I tell her that every time too, although I do it in much more tactful language (I hope).

Comparing writing a book with giving birth to a child is so cliche’, but it’s sooooo true. You’re scared and excited when you’re building up to the big day. Your manuscript is bloated, you look like hell, everything hurts—but once you’re on that table it all boils down to, “Jesus, would you just jerk it out of me already!” Okay, I’m taking a deep breath. Didn’t mean to get so graphic, but maybe you can follow what I mean.

Once it’s over, I’ll want a drink or two to unwind. I’ll swear this is the worse job in the world and ask myself why, oh why, would I want to put myself through it again.

But a couple of days later, I’ll forget about all the pain and be eager to conceive that brand new shiny project, and off I’ll go again like that crazy woman in Arkansas who just gave birth to her 18th child!

Deep breath. It’s almost over. Damn, don’t I at least rate a morphine drip?

4 comments to “I'm too braindead to be clever…”

  1. Brandy Walker
    · January 29th, 2009 at 9:53 am · Link

    😀 I totally get it. Now I know what it would be like to write a book. I felt the same “Just get it out and over with” with each of my kids. Give birth, rest up and move on.

    You do deserve a morhine drip or a really great Jack & Coke (my fav drink). But keep giving birth cause I like to read your work. *smooches*

  2. Karin
    · January 29th, 2009 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Good luck with your last few pages. That break you so deserve is just the other side of them. 😉

  3. SonyaM
    · January 29th, 2009 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Well, just keep doing whatever it takes to stay motivated and writing, because I so enjoy your books.

  4. Delilah Devlin
    · January 29th, 2009 at 8:58 pm · Link

    Thanks, ladies. I kept my head down today and wrote, wrote, wrote. At 4:30, I shipped that book to my editor. Let’s hope she doesn’t throw up on it too badly. :mrgreen:

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