"Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place, with totally different people." ~Roald Dahl
I have the worst time getting my head out of my story, from being in that place with those people when it comes time to go back to reality.
I work second shift, so I try to sit down for at least a couple of hours every day and either write or edit. On the days things are rolling right along, I often have to drag myself kicking and screaming away from the computer to pack my lunch and get my butt out the door.
Those are the days I find myself surprised to be pulling into the parking lot at my job with little memory of the drive. The days I realize I'm being a horrible mother because my daughter keeps trying to talk to me on the drive in (we work together) and I'm completely, albeit unintentionally, ignoring her. And those are the days I come home with lots of notes scribbled on the discarded envelopes we make.
Oh, and no worries that I'm not doing my job. I'm quality assurance, which means only my eyes are required to be paying attention. My mind is free to wander all day long. It's wonderful.
They are exhausting days, but it's truly the best kind of exhaustion.
Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl book?
Mine is James and the Giant Peach.
"He's committed pesticide!"
Have a wonderful week.