Creative work is really emotionally taxing. The more ambitious it is, the more taxing.
Thank you, I needed that reminder today, having just recently completed a document release myself and feeling a wee bit crispy around the edges.
Your insights into the writing process are just one of the reasons I have lurked your blog as long as I have. We do different types of writing (I'm a technical writer) but there are many similarities for those of us who head off to the word mines every day. (BTW, "word mines" is one of my favorite phrases of yours. So true!) We mine different veins of words, fiction and non-fiction, but some of the skills are similar and the labor is much the same.