Due to circumstances beyond our control, Giles and Emily are switching blogging days this week. Which means, you get fantastic Emily sass today instead of your scheduled Giles thoughts. Huzzah!
of my big problems when it comes to creative endeavors (not just
writing) is actually finishing what I start. Michelle and Giles know
this all to well from how many different things I submit to our critique
group throughout any given month. I guess I'm one of those people that
just gets really, really excited about new ideas and doesn't have the
patience or self-discipline to finish out the old ones before moving on.
Which really isn't conducive to, you know, getting stories out in the world. Just saying.
good news is that I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. I think a lot of
creative people have problems finishing their work and letting it go.
(Okay, I hope that's a thing, at least.) There's something
terrifying about putting your creative things out on display for other
people to see, and pick at, and tear apart. It's like ripping out your
heart and putting it on a pedestal in an art museum filled with snobby
But there's also the great feeling of
looking at a piece and saying, "Hey. I made this. It's imperfect, but
it's finished, and it's mine." I think if we can hold onto that
feeling a little bit longer, and the feeling when someone likes our
imperfect mash of words, maybe finishing something won't be quite so
is very proud of the fact that she finished rough drafts of two
different short stories in the past week. We're just not going to talk
about how much polishing and editing they'll need before the world sees
them. Look over there! It's a distraction!