“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A year ago, I dreamed about being at this point. I have only two chapters to the end of my book. In my mind, I’ve already moved from story revision to lassoing sentence splices, corralling continuity, and forcing myself to spellcheck. I’ve told myself: it’s time. Hell, I even set deadlines that I published on the forum and mentioned to my friends, family, and anyone else who would listen. So, now I have a problem. How do I stop? The rational side of my brain is well aware that nothing made, born, or forged on this world will ever be perfect. But, the two-year side of my brain stamps her foot and demands perfection. Fortunately, a compassionate friend gave me a wonderful book, Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel. He says, “Although nothing is ever complete, artists still must complete things. When a thing is not done, continuing to work is the strength; but when it is done, the strength lies in stopping. ”
I know I have the strength to stop fiddling with words and tinkering with sentences, but I’d like to know how you did it.Were you so relieved to arrive at the end of your creative project that you put it down with a sigh of pure happiness? Or did you, like so many of us, agonize over the unfinished thought, misplaced comma, or tiny plot hole?