A Moving Finish Line

Posted On May 10, 2024

Photo by Michele Venne

In my last newsletter, I wrote about seasons. The times of the year when more things are happening and when there is room to relax. I see the space for, if not relaxation, at least for catching up. Part of that getting caught up is with my writing projects.

I’ve been filling every available minute between client sessions with work on a math book. I’m very close to being done. Of course, the closer I get, the more the finish line moves. I think I’m done with one section, only to scroll past it and notice a formatting issue or the lack of examples or illustrations. My goal is to finish this by next week. I should have it published by the end of the month.

My other projects (short story collection, TSy, MV2, the other math book) are on hold, which means their finish lines are pushed back. Not a problem, if I didn’t already adjust the deadline for each of them. I remind myself that I’ll get them done. Sometimes, other tasks come first.

When I have quiet moments, while driving or doing dishes, scenes from stories I have yet to write come to me. I make note of them, mentally, and play with where they might go or what else might happen to the characters. I know my process. I trust that I’ll finish the projects. Even with moving finish lines. What do you do when a project’s deadline is pushed back?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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