So there is this lovely quote by Tennessee Williams: "There is no pleasure in the world like writing well and going fast. It's like nothing else. It's like a love affair, it goes on and on, and doesn't end in marriage. It's all courtship."
Indeed, Mr. Williams, the phase in which one is going through with his or her current WIP is very much like a relationship. I could make many analogous examples of a relationship and the writing process, but instead, I'll just look at when it's the end of the affair (or feels like it) because right now I'm sick of my characters and they are sick of me.
To read TW's quote, I long for what he had at that moment when he felt so inspired and confident to liken it to those beautiful days when you first meet someone that possesses your every thought and controls your state of mind like a spoonful of heroin.
I imagine attending a party with Tennessee and the play that inspired the quote. They are popping champagne, sticking their tongues down each others throat and giddily mingling like conjoined twins.
As things currently stand with me and my darling book, we're standing alone in the corner, hating that we've seen each other in the same outfit a hundred times, haven't had sex in three months, couldn't begin to imagine one interesting thing either of us could say to the other and both of us are quite aware that we are envying the happy couple across the room.
It's not that I'm a jealous person, I'm really not. But I do know what he's talking about when everything is flowing and you're just soaring hand-in-hand with the story like some chick flick "falling in love" montage.
Do they have couples counseling for writers and their work? Is it time for a temporary separation? We've put so much into it; I can't bear the thought of a divorce.
*For the record, I love me some TW