Shameless lift from Chuck Wendig’s blog post today- 25 Ways to Be a Happy Writer. I love Chuck. I want to marry him and have his babies.
What? He’s already married with an adorable ankle biter? And I’m already an old married lady and twice his age and way too ancient to have anyone’s babies even if I could which I couldn’t?
*sigh* Guess I’ll have to settle for just loving his blog then.
Potty mouth extraordinaire, with metaphors that will set your eyeballs on fire, for sure, but there’s so much crunchy writerly goodness in his posts.
I loved every one of his points, though this one maybe spoke most of all to where I am with my writing now. # 25- Finish Your Stuff (okay, he didn’t write “stuff”, if was another word starting with ‘s’. But I’m working on my own potty mouth right now and do not want to swear, not even quoting a swear!) -
Every time you fail to finish your work, a little girl loses another kitten. A unicorn loses his horn and becomes a regular stupid old horse. A sweet old lady chokes on her dentures. But worst of all, every time you fail to finish your work it wears another small hole in your soul. You can feel it there — that ragged tear in your cloth, wind whistling through the gap. Because you know what it means. You’re giving up. Giving in. Handing over the keys. Letting the terrorists that are your Doubt and Fear and Uncertainty win. You know what all the books published and movies made and comics inked have in common? Someone finished what they started. And finishing will give you a bliss-boost. All your happiness circuits will fire like a 21-synapse-salute. Even if it’s not the best thing you’ve written. Even if it’s the worst.
Because the best thing you never finished is always less than the worst thing you did.
I’m so glad I have a strong writing goal for April. I can’t wait to get this research and planning done and start writing!
And I adore this image by the lovely talented Art ~ 4theGlryofGod. It to me is the total recipe for happiness. Plus the last point made me smile.