There is a sense when you’ve turned in a book that everything is about to fall apart. Or at least that’s how I feel. I know this is normal. All my writer friends tell me so. Published authors still get worried about what their editor will think when the manuscript is turned in. (It goes without saying that unpublished writers are anxious when they send out books!)

Anxiety: A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.

This is my state today. I’m in that no man’s land between having turned in the book, waiting for the response, wondering whether to work on something else, and just thinking I ought to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head.

Anxiety comes with symptoms, among them headaches, nausea, insomnia, trembling, pacing, inability to concentrate, etc. There are many, many symptoms. Mine consist of the nausea, insomnia, and restlessness mostly. The headache is always an option with me. πŸ™‚

I’ve pretty much decided this is part of the writerly state, part and parcel with the job. Every job has its stressors; I’m experiencing mine now. The book is gone and there’s nothing I can do but worry about it.

Anything making you anxious today? Any anxiety remedies?