This will be a shorter-than-usual post because I’m finally at the point in Book 14 where all questions have been resolved and the action is flowing and OMG-I-just-have-to-write! It’s my favourite part of the process — that glorious absorption where every waking minute is consumed by what happens next; and mundane matters like food and sleep are merely annoying distractions.
And speaking of sleep: My dreams have been especially vivid lately (writing 14 hours a day will do that). Everything is in full colour and it all makes perfect sense… until I wake up. So many times I’ve invented something absolutely brilliant in my dreams only to wake up and think, “What the ever-loving f…?”
I don’t know why my dream-inventions always seem brilliant at the time (maybe a slight ego problem?), but at least that’s better than The Exam Dream. You know the one: I’m late for an exam, I haven’t studied, I can’t find the building where the exam is being held, and I may or may not be naked. When I finally get to the exam hall and sit down, I realize that this the wrong course entirely, and I can’t even read the questions.
But when I try to run away and my legs won’t move (that’s another typical dream), I struggle and strain and eventually bend down to dig my hands into the ground; and then I don’t have hands anymore and I run effortlessly and tirelessly on all four paws.
I prefer to think that this is all normal. (Yeah, I know: In my dreams.)
Any other inventor-shapeshifters out there with academic performance anxiety?
Book 14 update: It’s been an awesome writing week! I’m on Chapter 52 and I might… (dare I say it?) …finish the draft this week — I’m so pumped!