Thursday, February 3, 2011

Work-In-Progress: The End

Yesterday after I announced celebrating the completion of my first draft, a friend confessed to me that she didn't experience joy in finishing her recent manuscript--because she felt as if there was so much more work to do.

Yes, I have much more work to do: characters to round, subplots to weave with thicker yarn, themes to emphasize...

But today I blissfully mismanaged my time. I nibbled the congratulatory chocolates I mailed to myself--while reading a book for pleasure; I took a long walk in the middle of the day; I flitted about online, window-shopping; I played long games of fetch with my kitten. I still haven't showered. And maybe I won't.

Yesterday I hosted a cupcake party for my daughters. Living with a writer isn't easy--I space off mid-conversation, talk about people who don't actually exist, sneak away from home on weekends, and ask weird questions about plot possibilities--again for a story that doesn't yet exist. The revision process is only more obsessive--so we all deserved a treat.

The truffles, however, were all mine. I stretched myself with this manuscript, trying out a new genre, working hard, fighting doubt and fear, finding courage. I learn so much with each story I write--no matter if it ever reaches a bookstore or not. And that's something to celebrate!

I urge you to mark your own milestones by doing something fun & slightly indulgent. Finding joy in the process of completing a big task--like a polished, ready-to-submit manuscript--is the best part of the journey.

Do to the fact that I have not yet showered, Minnie will be starring in today's vlog:

Just don't tell my mother that I've posted a cat video online (she'll never let me hear the end of it!)


  1. Oh! That's the cutest thing I've ever seen!

  2. You're so right. Celebrating milestones is important. It's just easier to celebrate other people's -- so Yea, Sydney! (Glad Minnie knows how to celebrate, too.)