First, let's look at the symptoms...
- Obsessive compulsive tendencies to refresh the inbox, check Publishers Marketplace and read endless Twitter feed, blog posts and Facebook statuses.
- Perpetual revisions. EX) A writer plagued by the following thought, "I just need to tweak one more..." or "Another draft won't hurt" or worst of all "I need to delete this and start over." [Don't do the last one! At the very least SAVE your drafts.]
- Nudging aka the follow-up email. [Disclaimer: There is a time and place to send out a POLITE nudge. 24 hours after submission to agent or editor is NOT that time. Check guidelines, and a week after listed response time, you may nudge.]
- Hot and cold, love/hate relationship with your writing. EX) "I am the greatest writer alive! Waahaahaa." Followed by, "No one will ever read this floundering piece of fish guts. It shall never see the light of day." Finally, "I need chocolate or wine, or chocolate AND wine."
Advice for dealing with NWS...
My co-author, "Breathe." <-- Sage advice.
My agent, "But, that's what sparks your creativity." <-- Love her.
My writer pals, "Yup. I've got that too." <-- Ah ha! So, it's normal.
My dog, "Get a grip." <-- Okay, I may have put those words in his
mouth. But you tell me what he was thinking.
The only known cure for NWS is to stop writing, and honey, that ain't gonna happen. :D So, for all of you writers out there suffering with this affliction, I say, "Embrace it!" It's what makes writers such
Ever experienced the dreaded NWS? What do you do to combat it? Or do you embrace it?