Writers, you know what I’m talking about.
You hit the 75% mark on the WIP and suddenly the entire book opens up. Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, everything is startlingly clear and every scene is officially mapped out in your gray matter.
And the story devours your soul.
It’s ALL you think about. You start talking to yourself, whispering and cackling maniacally. You wave your hands around erratically as you half-act out the scene raging through your mind. You hiss at the slightest disturbance when you start hitting those keys, growling and gnashing your teeth when your mother calls, or when your neighbor comes to the door, or when your puppy (husband?) whimpers ‘cause you’ve been totally ignoring them for the past three days.
Dishes, laundry and bills pile up, but you don’t even notice—hell, the only thing you care about is how you’re going to maim your villain ‘cause they [CENSORED] deserve it, that [CENSORED]! Revelations hit you while you’re sitting in traffic and you bellow, “I’m a goddamn genius!” and the person in the car beside you looks at you with terror as they roll up their window. Your mental consumption will only get worse until you finish the goddamn book.
And you will. Or your brain will EXPLODE.
This is exactly what I went through this past week as I finished the second book in my Order of The Senary series (shameless plug: the first, RELEASING THE DEMONS, is tentatively slated for release in July! *throws confetti*).
Lucky for me, I was on vacation, and since being a doctor requires that I, you know, pay attention, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. In six days, I pretty much vomited 12K words (which is a feat for me, as I’m not a speedy writer to say the least) and I exorcised one of the darkest romances I’ve written from my being. Typing “THE END” on that [CENSORED] was the sweetest thing I’ve done in quite some time.
Of course, there will be many edits and revisions to be had, but I conquered the biggest hurdle—finishing the book.
Readers, you probably go through the same thing as you approach the end of a novel (I know I do). You can’t put the book down and you are seized with irrational anger if you’re interrupted. And whether you’re reading or writing it, when you hit “THE END”, it’s magical.
So tell me, am I the only one who turns into Ms. Hyde when I hit the 3/4 mark? Whether you do or you don’t, love every minute of that accomplishment and celebrate it for all its worth.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to shower. 😉
L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. Her debut novel, RELEASING THE DEMONS, is due out in the summer of 2015 with Soul Mate Publishing. L.D. Rose is a member of the RWA, FF&P and the Romance Writers of Connecticut and Lower New York (CoLoNY). She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.
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