Tunnel Vision.

I’m starting the think that the worst thing about being in the last stages before a new book come out is that you get tunnel vision, and all you really see in front of you is that book and its release. For that book, that’s a good thing. You need that tunnel vision to make sure you reach the end. For other things, though, like blog posts or other stories or even networking, it’s not nearly so good.

Right now, I’m in an awkward point in the process where most of my energy needs to be expended on this project, but it’s still too soon to really start promoting it and talking about it and planning for the blog tour and what have you. I’m not spending a lot of time writing other things, I’m not spending a lot of time visiting as many blogs, I’m not even spending that much time reading. It’s mostly a lot of editing and rewriting and a few little games and fun here and there to keep myself from going insane. Which means i don’t really have much to talk about here in the blog. Oh, sure, I’ve let go of the fact that I don’t need to be posting every day. Most of my readers know I’m elbow-deep in revisions. But I still like I should post something, even if I’m not sure of what.

(Notice how the “I want to post, but I don’t know what to post about” topic is always a good fail-safe).

Does anyone else feel like they get total blinders on when they’re nearing the end of a big project? Do you just accept them and put the petal to the metal until you reach the finish line? Or do you have anything you do to help engage yourself in the wide world outside your WIP? I’d love some thoughts and insights, as usual, especially if it helps me engage in something beyond the endless editing.

(Edit: This is my 666th post. I wish I’d have done something spookier. So, I’m also throwing it out there for you, dear readers, to share something spooky in celebration of my 666th post).


  1. It is extremely hard to live my life at that stage. But it’s temporary. I do my best to carve out time that doesn’t interfere with the family…which usual means late nights. Good luck and best wishes!

    • Thanks! My time tends to be the early mornings to afternoon, when I have the apartment to myself and the boyfriend is usually a work, and then I have to force myself not to work when we’re hanging out. And you’re right, it’s temporary…until the next project pops up, lol. πŸ™‚

  2. The only spooky thing is that I’m in exactly the same boat, as in I’m trying to focus on editing while pining away for all the other writerly – and non-writerly – things that I like to do. What I try to do is do a good chunk of editing each day, then allow myself guilt-free non-editing time. This is time to read, to walk, to talk politics with friends in a pub, to visit grand-kids, to just sit and watch the world go by.
    I’ll keep you posted on how well that goes for me.

  3. I tend to drop social networking (the interactions my characters are having fill my quota past overflowing!). But I have four weekly posts, excluding ROW80, so I try to hit all of those, even if I fall a bit behind on comments and visits.

    I try to make up for it with more interaction and activity after the decks are a bit clearer.

    Something spooky, eh? Okay…try this!

    Twice Treated

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