Monday, July 25, 2016

When Writers Write Too Much

Patricia Johns

I've recently submitted a completed manuscript to my Western Romance editor, and I'm wiped! It's a good feeling, this exhaustion. It means I used my time wisely. Not a wasted minute! Well... a few wasted minutes on Facebook, but I'm only human. ;)

When I'm brain dead after a completed project, there are a few things I do as I readjust to the real world:

1. Watch Netflix, which isn't exactly the real world, but it is a great stress buster.

2. Remind my friends that I'm still alive and make a few social plans. I tend to stay closeted away while I'm poring over a manuscript, so my friends wait until I emerge. They're so nice.

3. Cook. It's a good idea to refill the freezer for my next lengthy writing binge. When I write and cook at the same time, I burn food. Apparently, my multi-tasking isn't as great as I imagine.

So now that I've come up blinking to the surface again, I will leave you with a picture of my son at the beach, enjoying a little bit of the summer after all!


Patricia Bradley


Like Patricia J, I just turned in a book— a romantic suspense that weighed in at 92,000 words in 3 months and I’m dame bread. Brain dead. Three months of getting up a five a.m. and writing (or staring at the computer, anyway) for eight to ten hours a day. And as always, I put on five pounds. :-/ So the first thing I did was bake a cake. You know, one last hurrah before I starve myself until the five pounds are gone.

Then I did…NOTHING. The first day after I turned the book in, I got up at six-thirty and spent TWO hours on my deck, drinking coffee and doing nothing at all. Well, maybe I did catch up on my Facebook posts. Then I had a leisurely lunch and at four-thirty I went to a Pilates class. And that weekend, I went shopping! It felt so strange to have the time to actually go into a store and take the time to look at the sales racks and to even try clothes on.

And then, this week I went to meet my great-niece in Chattanooga. Kinley Bryn was born June 13, and because of the deadline, I couldn’t go see her. She is such a cutie. 


25 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you both for finishing projects, and to Pat on your new great-niece. I admit (hanging my head) I don't work that hard anymore...and I'm good with that. :-)

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    1. Liz, I don't blame you! But I got a late start in writing and getting published, so I'm trying to catch up. lol

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    2. Thanks! :) Whatever pace works, right?

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  2. Congratulations for finishing your manuscripts, ladies!

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  3. Yay both of you. Do you realize that together you can be PBJ? Ha, one of my favorite sandwiches when I'm in crunch writing time. PB, what a darling grandbaby. And PJ, your son is a happy beach goer. Those are the life's memories that let us be effective writers.

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    1. LOL! PBJ. We could be a very tired superhero team. ;)

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    2. PBJ. That's funny Roz. I love them and they're my go-to for lunch.

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  4. Glad you both finished your books. The pictures are adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Marion. I had a great time with the my sister and niece and the baby!

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  5. PBJ! Roz, you're brilliant! Patricia - my mother took my friend and I to the beach early every summer morning, and we were back in time to have a sandwich ready for my dad when he came home for lunch I had a bucket and spade like your son has and loved it! I'm so impressed that you come off a deadline and cook! Patty - your grand-niece is adorable. And it takes only 5 pounds to get you back to normal? Must be those pilates classes. Congratulations, both of you, on jobs well done. Do enjoy the rest of the summer. You all do realize that Christmas is a mere five months from today??? Just saying . . .

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    1. Actually, I don't lose all of it, Muriel. :-/ And earlier this year I took a medicine that slooooowed my metabolism to nothing and I gained 10 pounds...So I'm trying to work that off, too. Christmas! Yikes!

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  6. Reading this post makes me want a break...

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    1. Well, I'm back at it, Melinda. It was a short break. :-)

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    2. I'm back at it, too. :) We seem to have similar worth rhythms, Pat!

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  7. Hello! I'm stopping by from my first day back at work to say hello. Congrats on finishing your manuscripts. I can't wait to be in your shoes. So far, my only deadlines have been self-imposed. I did spend six weeks straight on revisions in December and when I was done, all I wanted to do was sleep. And eat. And eat some more. And sleep. A lot.

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    1. That sounds about right, LeAnne. :) Keep at it! It does pay off.

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  8. Congratulations to both of you on finishing your manuscripts. Pat, congratulations on the newest addition to your family. Kinley Bryn is a beautiful name.

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  9. As a reader I want you both to know that all of your hard work is greatly appreciated. Your stories are like a ray of light when this world makes us feel desperate for an escape. My escape? Books!! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! Hearing back from readers like you makes it all worth it. I'm really glad that you enjoy our books so much! <3

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  10. I love the feeling of being DONE. Of course, I promptly want one more go through. I, too, catch up on the telly and celebrate.

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    1. That's true--the sudden regret, wondering if it could be better. LOL! That happens, too!

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