Anyone who has ever worked on a long-term project can tell you that there’s a couple of stages:
1– *WHEEE!!!* I’m writing a book (or painting a mural or sculpting something out of marble or writing a symphony or whatever your artistic heart embraces) and it’s gonna be great and I’ve got all the time and all the enthusiasm in the world!
2–*pushes up sleeves* Okay, this is where things get tricky! C’mon, let’s fuckin’ craft!
3–*swallows grimly and takes another hit of coffee* I’ve done this. I’ve done this. This is a walk in the park. I can totally get this done.
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4–*whimpers* *nods with trembling lip* Again? I have to go back again? Just… just a little. If I write/paint/orchestrate just a little today, I shall claim the rest of the day in the name of having a fucking life!
5–*openly sobs* It’s just so looooooonnnngg…. I’ll be working on this until I daaaaeeeeeeee…. I will never have another project… they’ll inscribe this shitty magnum albatross on my fucking tooooooooommmmbb….
6–*crazy eyes* Oh hell! What did I forget? There’s a thing wrong, a thing I missed, a big thing, a thing that will make or break the entire project, where does the thing go, where should I put the thing, oh my God there’s more than one thing! I must find the thing/put the thing/fix the thing/ add the thing THIS POJECT WILL STAND OR FAIL ALL ON THE WEIGHT OF ONE FUCKING THING!!!
8–*looks up from pile of giggling/sobbing hysteria* Oh. Oh damn. I see… can you see it? Is there fucking light at the end of the tunnel?
9–*exhausted but focused* I can see it. I can see the light! I SHALL GET TO THE END OF THE TUNNEL! I SHALL GET TO THE LIGHT! Don’t fuckin’ bother me kids, I’m riding the fuckin’ dragon, I can see the goddamned motherfuckin’ LIGHT!
10–*looks around in wonder* Oh, this is the light. It’s, uhm… well, I need to edit. But, well, light. Light’s good. Light is like having a life. I may get six hours of sleep tonight– that’s swell.
11–*tries to scratch itch between shoulder blades that no regular human on earth can get* Okay, that project is all very well and good, and we are done with it and in the editing stages, but… but… but…
WHAT SHALL I WORK ON NEXT?
So. For those of you wondering where I am right now as I finish Quickening, the fifth book in The Little Goddess series?
I’m on stage 9.