Maybe this is a foolish question, but do any of you experience hangovers from stories you write? Or especially a novel?
I finished the submission draft of my second book and got it off to the publisher this weekend. It is, admittedly, a dark book. The parts I spent a lot of time revising were the darker parts. The new scenes I added were, on balance, dark scenes.
So when I finished, I had a huge emotional hangover...lasted a couple of days at a pretty intense level. It has dissipated over the course of the week to the point where it is more of a lingering emotion now and not nearly as intense.
Still, this isn't the first time this has happened. If the story or novel is an emotional one, it happens every time (and to show how goofy I am, I'm surprised by how intensely each time).
Anyway, my question is, how strange am I on this count?
Yeah, yeah. Take your shots...but then, please, answer the question.