Justin here from Out of the Gutter Magazine. In addition to my pimp duties for OOTG, I am a writer and have been accepted to the Taos Writers Workshop this summer. I'm taking a novel writing class with John Dufresne and have just finished the required 300 pages. I just mailed these off.
Of course the week before deadline I had to take off from my day job, take the computer into my tool shed(to be offline), and obsessively stayed up every night until 4-am rewriting almost every page. Closer to the deadline, my supportive wife started picking fights with me because I had lost the ability to speak about anything besides writing. I had extremely bad headaches and now feel like a zombie. Any interruption, like when my kids would visit the tool-shed to ask where the peanut butter was, would cost me about thirty minutes to get back in the zone.
I was happy with the work, but the intensity of concentration to work on something so large is exhausting.
Is this a normal part of writing novels?
Did the next novel get any easier to write?
Any helpful insight would be wonderful...