It’s a beautiful thing to know that you’ve finished a scene, a page, a draft or an entire project. That moment when you type the final word, the final period, brings relief and a wondrous sense of accomplishment. It’s the point when you feel a need to stand proudly, look around, and exclaim, “look at what I have done!”
As a writer, this often tends to be a bit of a silly moment, mostly because you’re in a room by yourself. Of course, there was the one time at the coffee shop… let’s just say I can’t go back there. Or I could, but they charge me double for everything and ask me to perform my song and dance routine.
Yes, it’s awkward.
Until recently, I never realized how important that sense of accomplishment is to my writing.
Currently, I’m in the middle of a big feature spec project, and it is taking me much longer than anticipated to complete. There are various reasons for this: day job, talking trees, wedding planning, villainous ice cream truck drivers, moving and a deep guilt over neglecting my oldest flannel shirt. At ten years old, it’s perfectly broken in. Though if I wash it one more time, it might fall apart. Of course, I can’t wear it either because it’s growing it’s own camouflage, which also explains why I can’t seem to find it.
In any case, this feature project is large in every sense of the word – scope, character, world, theme, heart, mythology, etc. Taking on this large project is wearisome because often there seems to be no end in sight.
At one point, I completely forgot how accomplishment tasted, and I sincerely missed that sense of completion. It has a certain nuttiness to it. So, to wet my palate, I took on a smaller project in it’s midst.
Why would I add more work to a heavy burden? Well, sometimes you just need to know that you can complete a project – any project.
You didn’t know it, but you’ve been reading this small project for the last few weeks. I had fun with it. Did you?
It was nice to see something through from start to finish. It’s reinvigorated my passion for the bigger spec project, and I’m rolling in pages once again.
Because it was such a fun experiment, some other small projects have come to mind. You should expect to see more serialized short stories in the near future.