When your story keeps you up ALL night

A colleague at work asked about my baby the other day. Without missing a beat I asked: You mean my manuscript?

It turned out he had me mixed up with another colleague (I’m clearly SUPER memorable). BUT there was an awkward moment — or two or three — when he realised I was NOT joking about my manuscript.

Here are the top 10 reasons why I think a manuscript is like a baby:

  1. It spends nine months—often longer—in gestation.
  2. It keeps you awake at night.
  3. You want to punch people who criticise it, but then spend weeks worrying that its nose really IS too big.
  4. You buy books and trawl the web seeking advice on how to look after it, but in the end it comes down to instinct.
  5. You celebrate finishing the first chapter like a parent celebrates a first step.
  6. You can’t wait to put it to bed, but when you do you just want to pick it up again.
  7. You’re riddled with guilt when you spend time away from it.
  8. If it gets sick, you forget to eat, shower or answer the phone until you’ve given it a full medical.
  9. You talk to it and it often talks back—although more often than not, you don’t understand a word it’s saying.
  10. You know that one day you’ll have to cut the apron strings and let it go out into the wide world.


4 comments on “When your story keeps you up ALL night”
  1. Haha this is amazing 😂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wilf Morgan says:

    Or when your story has siblings you didn’t originally plan for…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. HAHA. Perfect. Yes – this too!


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