Wednesday, July 18, 2012

07/18/2012 Writing Wednesday!

Greetings everyone and welcome back! I hope your week so far has gone well. I am still going through the waiting process regarding work, but that's a good thing so far. It means they haven't run into any problems. Right now I'm working on actually getting things done and then I can sit there with the satisfaction that certain things don't exist for a while.

I wanted to talk about what it means to complete something today, which may seem like an odd topic, but it's actually an interesting thing to deal with. It's similar to when a television series comes to a close; you're anxious to see how everything is closed up, but you don't actually want it to end. Now there people that don't have issues with this, but I know there are also a lot of people who do, and I'll admit that I'm included in that population, so I wanted to bring it up today.

Now when you are about to finish a project, you first feel the excitement of knowing things are going to be done soon, which is super great, but as you get closer to the end, there's this little voice that reminds you that once you're done there won't be something to do afterwards. That's when the slowing down starts. You'll go from making ridiculous amounts of progress to not nearly that amount, then you'll skip a day, and then something else will happen that will cause you to skip another day. Things then continue that way until you're making almost no progress every week. This is because deep down inside you don't know what to do once you're finished working on your current project. That's understandable since you have dedicated a portion of your life writing this book and then just like that it'll be gone.

The best way to deal with that is what I call the 'Band-Aid' approach, basically just getting everything done all at once. It's not like once you're done the book/novel/short story/poem/thing you've been writing won't need editing once the initial portion is done. Yeah you will likely take a bit of time to pretend it doesn't exist anymore, which is also something everyone should do since it means when you come back to edit it you'll have a fresh perspective and can actually appreciate the story more. Not to mention if you're writing an entire series it means the sooner you'll be able to jump into the next portion of the series, which is lots of fun as well. Just remember that when you're current project is done it's not actually the end of the world, that's just the first step to actually getting your things to the world.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today! I will be following my own advice and (finally, this has seriously taken a lot longer than I anticipated) write up an epilogue for 'Rending the Seal'. I'm so happy it's finally to this step in the process. Since the prequel will be in the 'finishing' stages shortly, please take the time to check out 'The Light Rises' while it's on sale at Smashwords for their Summer Sale! I'll see everyone back here on Friday, so please have a fun rest of the week!

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