I saw this definition online. It perfectly describes that hangover-like feeling readers get when they stay up all night reading a good book. Yesterday, I asked my readers to recommend their favorite reads, and they gave me a wonderful list of books. Our group seems to enjoy books with mystery/adventure, comedy, romance, and a bit of fantasy. I picked a book from one of the recommendations. Now I’m suffering from chaptigue this morning, but unlike the alcohol hangover, this one leaves me feeling tired without the nausea and headache. Plus, I’m still buzzing from the fun characters and exciting plot from the story. I’m already looking forward to reading this evening after I make my daily writing quota.

I would imagine that most writers are enthusiastic readers like I am. One of the benefits of chaptigue as a writer is that my inner-voice editor is quiet. She must be sleeping off last night’s reading binge. Without my editor’s constant critique of my sentence structure, I can write a lot faster. Writers do tend to have lots of voices in their heads. If it’s not an editor monitoring every word and punctuation recorded on the page, it’s a character trying to get more page time. I’ll save that for another post.

Until then, cheers to good books, the ones we love to read and write! May you be blessed with many days of chaptigue!


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Jane Fenton lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her family, two energetic dogs, two feisty horses, and a few whimsical chickens. She’s passionate about baking pumpkin bread and chocolate chip cookies, which would be a perfectly healthy pastime if she didn’t enjoy eating them quite so much. Luckily, she also enjoys hiking and kayaking.

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