The Life of a Project

Projects have their own lives.

As authors, we put so much work into them. When we are in the middle of it, we don’t know when it will end. The process is long — especially if it’s your first real work. We want our stories to be perfect, our best, and one of the things that we have to deal with is the reality that our best may not be good enough. But that does not mean that we should not finish our project.

We must try to understand we are what we are and progress is progress. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, especially when it comes to craft. All that we can do, all of us, is put ourselves in the position to progress while we live in doubt. There are times of excitement, but they are fleeting.

Most of the time we will be dragging our feet, procrastinating not out of laziness but because of the fear that we just are not that good. But why does it matter? The dream of creating stories is the dream. That’s it. In reality, we already have what we want. Sure, we are going after money. Or just maybe going after enough money to live telling stories. Would you rather have the fortune and fame, or the security of knowing that you could spend all of your days writing what you want when you want and only worrying about pleasing yourself and your fans?

Now that sounds like a good life.

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