Mark anything “Done” lately? Ever miss that sense of accomplishment? I sure do!
Writing is never done. Think about it. You write a draft, revise it. Done, right? Nope.
Your critique partners give feedback and you rip your manuscript apart and rewrite it. Done? Not by a long shot….
Off your work goes to an agent (or editor) for the “first pass” edit (big picture feedback). The editorial letter often is pages of corrections and suggestions.
After tearing your hair you bash large parts of your story into shape. Call in favors from friends to proofread the manuscript for stupid typos—which multiply like rabbits. More revision and revisiting until your words blur on the page.
Somewhere along the way to a book ready to publish, “done” disappeared. A writer can get discouraged because it’s never done enough…..
Enter Jenna’s alternative approach to get your “DONE” fix: The Accomplishment Session. Find an activity—not writing related—and work your tail off ONLY on one project. Limit your time, but give yourself enough to finish it—really finish it.
As an example, Taylor Reynolds and I have semi-regular “can-a-palooza” sessions where we put up crazy amounts of jam, salsa, or other delicious items. Seeing all those jars DONE gives me the greatest feeling of accomplishment. Give it a try. You’ll be amazed how good you can feel.
Now my pantry is filled with gifts for foodie friends. I guess it’s time to go back to the never-quite-done world of my novel.
Wishing you fun-filled accomplishment sessions,