Sam Stall

Novelist. Journalist. Repository of Odd Information.

Writing Nightmares

The other day I had a nightmare that seems to recur whenever the writing process isn't going all that well for me. I dreamed that I was on deadline to finish a manuscript, but had no idea what it was supposed to be about. Even worse, for some reason I was writing the entire thing on yellow legal pads, using a dull No. 2 pencil. In the dream I kept asking people what I was supposed to be working on, but no one could tell me.

 

Pretty creepy, but far preferable to my other writing nightmare. The one in which I wake up in the woods surrounded by the angry spirits of all the trees that have been chopped down and ground to pulp to create my previous works.

 

forest

Towering, judgmental trees like these. Brrr...

 

It makes me wonder if there were any other writers out there who have recurring "deadline nightmares." If you'd like to share yours, I'd love to hear it.

 

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