We writers are emotional beings. We live in our heads but our emotions rule.
For that very reason it is only on rare occasions that we can share their elation and joy when everything is going well. Because as soon as we do we are plotting ways to make it all go horribly wrong again.
While all these emotional roller coasters are swooping around in our heads as we play God with our characters, in the big world outside we have families, commitments and other pressures to contend with.
As if that was not enough there are the emotional highs and lows, the joys and frustrations of being a writer....
8.30am Full of enthusiasm for the day, determined that lots will get written which will, without doubt turn out to be a bestseller.
9.00am Phone call from publisher who says YES! to a new book- Celebratory wild dance around the house- until a neighbour is looking strangely at you through the window. Make coffee and prepare to start writing.
11.00 An invitation arrives by email to take part in a great new project, praises abound for your skill and expertise. no one else will do.
1pm It is a call from mother she is unwell and needs to be taken to the doctor, NOW!
2pm Check email on phone while at doctor's to discover there has been a spelling error on an advertising brochure for a festival you have been invited to. Unfortunately thousands have been printed already calling you not a writer but a Best Selling WILTER! You check the dictionary to find out what a wilter is.
5pm. After clearing up the mess you decide to take your mind off it to see if your subconscious can work out the problem with the plot while you mess about on facebook, and Twitter,and read a few blogs.
5 mins to 6 You have the solution. Elated and typing furiously you are completely lost in the best thing you have written for ages, it is really happening on the page and nothing can stop you now...
Your characters are in limbo, half reaching for each other, in mid argument, freeze framed.
With your head still in their world, you close down the computer and attempt to look delighted as you prepare to leave them behind for an outing that had seemed like a good idea just a few days before.
Little wonder that at times we feel we have writer's block, that nothing will work and ideas seem to turn to dust,when every plot line rolls off uselessly, like tumble weed blowing haphazardly into the wilderness.
Perhaps, as we live in our heads this is our subconscious telling us that it is time for a rest, a break from the constant highs and lows, time to re group, to let ideas float around in the air without trying to pin them down.
Even when it seems like there will never be another idea worth chasing to the rainbow's end, eventually, like rising from a good sleep our creative self emerges unscathed as if nothing has happened and we are ready to dip into other worlds and explore our characers and their emotions again.
What a delight!
Linda Strachan is an award winning author of over 60 books for children of all ages from picture books to teenage novels and a writing handbook Writing for Children