Today you get to hear from me again. I know, not as exciting as all the lovely guests I've had, but hey, can't have cool people all the time. I DO have more awesome guests planned though, so yay!
First, a few matters of business concerning the Crit Partner Classifieds. I will not accept entries after Saturday, February 5th, just so I have enough time to proofread and format the final lists. So if you want to participate, get those ads in! The lists will be up on Monday, so get ready to search. Also, please let me know if you'd like to see this as a more permanent thing. Me and some friends have been playing around with possibly making a website out of this, so that writers can have current lists, etc.
Okay, on to the post!
Oh, how that word seems to elude writers. Are we ever really done with a book? Some people say, "No, not until it's in print and out of your hands." And any writer could tell you even then they could find things to tweak and change.
But I don't like this idea. I never have. It lends to this feeling of inadequacy. At least for me. If I think that all this work I'm doing will never actually result in a "finished" product, then why the crap am I breaking my back over all this?
For me, it's not that a writer's work is never finished. Nope. A writer's work is finished multiple times, and each one is cause for celebration.
Maybe I'm crazy, but I really do like to celebrate every little step. When I finish writing a chapter, I let myself have a break to do something fun before starting the next. When I finish a first draft, I most always take myself out to lunch. When I finish big edits, I, uh, eat more. Hey, I like to eat! Or I buy a new shirt. Or some paints—that was my reward for the last big edit I did. When my book was finally ready for submission, I totally went out to dinner. Etc.
Because at each and every point, I am done. Maybe there is another chapter or draft or phase ahead, but that doesn't take away the fact that you've finished the one you're on. And that is something to be proud of. Something to celebrate.
I'm gonna go eat a cookie now, since I'm done writing this post.