Do your story ideas come to you fully formed and ready to go? Mine don't. First they have to kick around in my subconscious for a while (provided I've written them down so they don't disappear). That's because I can't work on more than one project at a time, so the ideas have to get in line. Once I'm ready to start working on an idea, then comes the thinking, questioning, day-dreaming, brainstorming stage. The one where I ask "Why?" and "What if?" and "What else" until I finally find some answers that excite me. Once I have a relatively clear picture of where I want to go then the writing starts. The elation. The hope. The excitement. The bogging down. The despair. The falling out of love. The going back. The starting over. The plunging ahead. The desperate determination. And finally (finally) reaching:
Oh, the satisfaction of finishing! I think that feeling is the thing I love best about writing. That's the reason that I spent a decade writing short fiction. I just had to have the joy of finishing something and setting it free. It's thrilling. I am so close to
of my current WIP that I can almost taste it! It's my second novel, so finishing a whole novel-length work after almost twelve years of short fiction is truly exciting. Sure there's a lot to do after the finishing, but it's still a great feeling.
How do you feel about finishing a project be it writing or anything else?