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threetoedsloth
11-02-2014, 09:55 PM
Sometimes when I write I get so into the story I start getting jittery and excited. It's kind of like writing drunk, but you're intoxicated on your work instead of alcohol.

Anyone else experience something similar?

Cathy C
11-02-2014, 10:04 PM
Absolutely! When I have days that the vision in my head comes out on the page exactly as I saw it, it's utterly thrilling! :)

Siri Kirpal
11-02-2014, 10:06 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Of course! I'm thinking the real question is is there anyone of us who doesn't get writer's high? :)

And it's much better than alcohol.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

williemeikle
11-02-2014, 10:27 PM
Yes, I do. I also got writer's low though, so it evens out.

CathleenT
11-02-2014, 11:22 PM
Yeah, I'm a very emotional novel writer, so I live my protag's successes and defeats.

I'm actually resigned to writing chapters of stuff that never even makes it into the final version of the novel, just because I want my characters to have a nice day before I torment them again. It's like restitution-in-advance.

Interestingly (at least to me), it's far more intellectual when I write shorts. I more often think their pain, rather than feeling it. Maybe because the story's over before I have a chance to get truly attached.

I really like writing both shorts and novels, though. :)

Vito
11-03-2014, 04:17 AM
Sometimes when I write I get so into the story I start getting jittery and excited. It's kind of like writing drunk, but you're intoxicated on your work instead of alcohol.




Absolutely! When I have days that the vision in my head comes out on the page exactly as I saw it, it's utterly thrilling! :)



Of course! I'm thinking the real question is is there anyone of us who doesn't get writer's high? :)

And it's much better than alcohol.




Yes, I do.


Yeah!



Damn hippies! :rant:

gettingby
11-03-2014, 04:21 AM
It's an amazing feeling, and it probably means you are on the right track. Sometimes when this happens to me, I am like "where is this coming from" as I write. That high you are talking about also makes me write faster. I just want to go with it.

williemeikle
11-03-2014, 04:10 PM
Damn hippies! :rant:

Chill out, man.

Vito
11-03-2014, 05:20 PM
Chill out, man.

:ROFL:

sadron
11-03-2014, 08:56 PM
Oh yeah, and I get also very emotional along it. It's a great feeling of this writer's high. :D

Myrealana
11-03-2014, 09:09 PM
Oh yeah. It's the best.

My husband likes when I'm on a writer's high too.
;)

Threak 17
11-03-2014, 09:22 PM
Absolutely..., and I've been chasing the first one ever since!

yosoya
11-03-2014, 09:32 PM
Yeah. Sometimes I just get hit with this random burst of inspiration and I'll write madly for a long time, exhilarated over my work. Then I read it over later and it sucks, haha.

MakanJuu
11-03-2014, 10:13 PM
I've gotten something like that once or twice on a good plotting streak, but never when actually writing.

XMissBrightSideX
11-29-2014, 09:46 AM
Yes!
...but then they sent me to rehab. And I've been trying to get my fix since.

'They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no!'

StoryofWoe
11-29-2014, 12:35 PM
Oh, yes! I've certainly had that feeling. Once you've had it, it's sort of like "chasing the dragon." You want every writing session to feel that way, so you write more and more in the hopes that the next one will be as euphoric as the last. Sometimes you catch it, and it's wonderful. Other times, it's just another day in the word mines. Still worth it, though. :D

buz
11-29-2014, 04:30 PM
Newp. Unless you're talking about the times when I just feel "meh" about it instead of "aurguguhhhhhhh." :)


I'm thinking the real question is is there anyone of us who doesn't get writer's high? :)


Yep. :)

Taylor Harbin
11-29-2014, 05:27 PM
I've experienced it once or twice. Been chasing my third.

Ambrosia
11-29-2014, 05:41 PM
Yep. Those are the times when I lose track of time and just write until I can't write anymore. Major wordage on those days. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen every time. It's a mountain top experience. But, I would starve if I lived up there all the time. Because I forget simple things--like eating. ;)

phantasy
11-29-2014, 06:03 PM
I get the writer's high after reading passages I've forgotten. Then I'm like, wow this isn't as bad as I remember! But while working on stuff, no, no high. I'm too bogged down in the nitty gritty. Plus I tend to write in layers.

unionrdr
12-02-2014, 05:13 AM
The first time it really hit me is when my homebrewing book started out on the UK Amazon/Kindle top 100 charts at #3! That really felt like a handful of speeders. Lately, it's when a song, like an orchestra, inspires me to write a particular passage. Like the Vienna philharmonic doing the Imperial March.

Layla Lawlor
12-05-2014, 02:59 AM
Oh yes, I do! :) I think of it as something akin to a runner's endorphin high, though for me it's mostly noticeable when I've finished a good writing session, as a floating sense of well-being that lasts for hours.

wallfull
12-05-2014, 06:36 AM
Definitely! I think that's what keeps us hooked!

C.bronco
12-05-2014, 07:33 AM
Can't say I do! But I do love it when I'm writing and laughing at the same time. That's when I know it's going to be good!