When I started writing my first novel, BAGASTANA* back in 2007, I immersed myself in the online writer's communities.
What I found was:
WRITERS ARE A BUNCH OF LOONS.
Yup: writers are even crazier than psychologists, and that's saying something. As far as I can figure it, people become psychologists to self-treat, while people become writers to give the voices in their heads something to do.
So, I'm slightly concerned that I fit in so well.
Fiction Groupie had a great post yesterday about
Writer's Insomnia," and EVERYONE COULD RELATE. Our imaginary friends keep us up at night.
Do non-writers have this problem? Is this the reason we become writers, or is it a result of choosing to write?
* this book has been preserved in manuscript form as an example of how NOT to follow the show-don't-tell credo. Someday I may rewrite it as a first-person narrative from Darwin's point of view, but Maddie and the Ganzfield world are my focus now. Every writer should have at least one unpublished novel in a drawer somewhere. It keeps us humble--sort of.