A Novel Before Nano – And A Bout of Exhaustion

Yes, I’m nuts. Trying to finish a novel before Nano starts. In one way that’s a very good thing. Gearing up to Nano means the mind and muse are raring to go at writing. But you can’t start until November 1st. By having another project it satisfies that writing ‘itch’.

The bad part is: For me personally I like to finish one thing before moving on to something else major. Sometimes I can jump around, but usually only with smaller pieces. I CAN jump from planning, to outlining to writing to revising four major projects, but now writing four major projects. I think each of those steps use different parts of the brain.

Anyway, there are now 35 days until Nano starts. The interim novel, for now titled Phoenix Cafe – Book 1, has been going well. Getting in at least a scene or two a night and even more a weekend.

Then the exhaustion hit.

Admittedly, I’ve been having problems with a flare-up of exhaustion since about May. It’s been going on so long that I’m getting depressed about it. Then I read writing blogs from writers, agents and editors.

And get even more depressed.

I barely have the energy to write thanks to this undiagnosed condition (don’t get me started on doctors. THIS IS NOT ALL IN MY HEAD, YOU IDIOTS!), and I’m supposed to give up almost all profits on a book to be my own promoter? Yes, way back when, a writer was still supposed to do promotion, but nothing like nowdays.


I’ve stopped reading writing blogs right now, as it’s too depressing to think I might be a good writer but I won’t get picked up because I simply don’t have the physical energy to keep up with those writers who can both write AND promote like crazy. For me, it’s either one or the other, not both.

Any other writers that have illnesses like this? Anyone know of an author that has made it who does?

I’m off to get a few words of writing in. Starting the weekend off at 21057.

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A Novel Before Nano - And A Bout of Exhaustion

3 thoughts on “A Novel Before Nano – And A Bout of Exhaustion”

  1. Check out Laura Hillenbrand the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. It took her years to write the book because of her problem with exhaustion can’t remember the name of ailment at this moment but it was pretty amazing that she finished the book. But She even did a few interviews on radio.

  2. Hugs. I sometimes get bouts of exhaustion, but not as bad as yours seem to be. Usually my own blessed fault, too — sleep, diet, exercise — the usual suspects. I can fool myself for about three weeks before my body strikes back. I also found a balanced fish oil / omega acids worked for a while, so well I suspect I wad deficient.

    From what I’ve heard, publishers do very little promotion of low-level authors these days. They get you onto the lists the brick and morter stores and libraries buy from, better online presence, and readers trust them more than, “The author and his buddies say it’s an awesome book.”

    I follow Mur Lafferty’s podcast. Several of her guests did well with pod-casting the book first, then self-publishing. It’s a limited window, though, as the competition for the available podiobook audience increases. On the other hand, the audience is going up as well, and it’s no longer just the geeks.

    I hope things get better for you!

  3. I was researching something for a science fiction story today and came across a page regarding the effect electormagnetism has on human beings. Not that I’m a subscriber to blaming things on technology, but maybe something about your living conditions is off-setting your body chemistry. It never hurts to ask questions.


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