It’s so close! That first complete draft is so close I can taste it. This is a very crucial time in the creative process. I must remain patient.
Recently, I have come to the building climax of Life With a View. I think it’s important to have a strong climax in a story. I feel it should be there to give a sense of swell and a bit of accomplishment to the story. It’s easy to do in action because it’s usually some sort of battle that needs to be overcome. In drama, the climax can be a little more slippery. There isn’t always one right way to do it, resulting in a confluence of things that result in the climax.
But whatever the climax is, I believe great care and time should be spent on it. Because excitement tends to rush things along, the excitement of the climax needs to be tempered with patience on the part of the creator.
At the same time, spending too much time on the climax takes away from the journey itself. I’m reminded of journalist Paul Salopek, who is doing his Out of Eden Walk. He is currently walking the path early humans took out of Africa.
It’s about seeing, experiencing life at a slower pace. Slowing down. To enjoy the moment.
Sometimes it’s drudgery.
Sometimes it’s exciting.
But we need all these moments to form a complete picture of our lives, and our creations.
The end is not so much an end as it is a pausing point. A time to reflect on the journey you’ve taken so far. In life, it can be wherever you want it to be: at the end of each day, week, year; at the finish of a project; drinking a cup of tea.
The novel has an end, but it’s the journey there that makes the ending and resulting reflection so worthwhile.
So keep that excitement in check and enjoy every moment of the journey.
That said, *rubs palms together* I can’t wait to start editing!