Thursday, April 6, 2017

4-6-2017 #AtoZChallenge - E is for Exhausted.

Everything, Nothing & Stuff In-between - 
Random stuff from my brain

E is for Exhausted.

I was so proud when I finished my third book. Mostly because I didn't think that would ever happen. I struggled and struggled with the ending.

Now it's time to dig deep and edit. I sent it out to my two 'editors' and I have it back from one. The problem? As soon as I start working on the pages, I almost slip into a sleep coma.

It's really kind of sad. I have work to do. I can't be yawning or sleeping instead of actually editing.

Even the coffee isn't helping.
I might have to find something stronger.

Ever find yourself nodding off instead of working?

It's almost Friday!


  1. I get the whole exhausted from writing book thing. My theme this year is Anything writer(ly). I will probably write a post on how much work it takes to edit my YA Novel, including editing on scribophile, countless real life writing/editing groups, taping and listening to my writing, etc. check out my Writer(l) #AtoZchallenge at @trincarl

  2. During my college days i remember the post lunch lectures when it took herculean efforts to fall ( i mean literally from my seat) asleep

    E for Egg

  3. I've placed my face on the home keys more than a few times. It's tough - I could drink a diet Mountain Dew and do 37 jumping jacks, and be asleep on my keyboard before the screensaver can activate.

    My best advice: Sleep. Get lots of good sleep, warm socks, a good breakfast, then caffeine, and a dose of resolve. And not too comfortable a seat!

    Good luck.



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  4. Yes! So many times! Especially in the afternoons! I would love a built-in nap time! I think sometimes we put too much on ourselves, and just feel utterly exhausted by everything that is on the list to accomplish! Great post! :)

  5. O no, not good when even coffee fails you.

    Joy @ The Joyous Living

  6. Finding that motivation again is so difficult! It's nice to be able to give yourself a short break in between drafts, if you can. Otherwise, making editing synonymous with a 'treat' seems to work for me: bringing my work-in-progress and editor notes to my favorite coffee shop and doing edits over a latte makes the work so much more palatable! Best of luck to you!

  7. I think that falling asleep syndrome is inherited. You get it from the cat side of your family.
    I like the "not too comfortable chair" suggestion.

  8. All the time. I can be into a story, but something about sitting and doing nothing triggers my brain to think 'it's time to sleep'. ><

  9. Absolutely! Give yourself a little treat, take a break and then try again.

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  10. Hi Heather - thanks for all you're doing with the A-Z ... and yes if I start reading I almost certainly fall asleep - I so often want to nod off ...

    Cheers and all the best - Hilary

  11. Surely you can get Stormy to poke you with a pointy stick, Heather??? I think he might enjoy it! On a more serious note, I think it is so much harder doing things for yourself rather than other people so that's why you can feel so tired - it all has to come from you and that's NOT easy. Break it down into more manageable chunks and give yourself some time off too :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  12. I have this problem when I pray LOL I'm such a bad Catholic!

  13. Yes! I've fallen asleep at the computer too many times to count. Good luck with your edits! Maybe you need a bit of a break first, especially with the Challenge going on.


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