It’s day 12 of NaNoWriMo and I’m halfway there. Phew! This morning (most of the day, actually) I felt like giving up. I had hit a wall and wanted to just give my story a little more time to work itself out. Turns out that time isn’t always necessary.
I’m still pushing the story forward and interesting things have happened. As a huge bonus, rather than being burned out, writing actually energized and relaxed me. I was able to feel it again.
As introverts I think it’s sometimes hard to stick to the process of writing. At least for me, my characters become real and I get so burned out having to “interact” with them so much. At that point I just want to give up and take a break. It’s not that I don’t love them, it’s just that I can’t handle the constant contact.
I get the same way with reading books, tv shows/movies, and people in my real life, even those I love and care about deeply. It’s just draining sometimes. I think that’s why I give up on so many stories. I put them aside, walk away, then sometimes that feeling of being drained is so strong I never want to return. I don’t know, maybe I’m a freak.
Any other introverts feel drained by your characters after spending enough time with them?