Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Relief

R is for relief. For me there is a huge sense of relief when I reach the end of my story. It’s like I have climbed a long mountain. Nowadays, I have this sense of relief when I complete smaller goals, like if I finish my feature for the newspaper much before the due date or if I finish reading a book and complete the review fast for the paper or if I meet the word count for the day.

One of my favourite thriller writer mentions in the acknowledgement section of every book, that now that she has completed the book she is free to be invited for dinners.

I am sure it must be the same for other writers. But this sense of relief is short-lived. Because with another deadline looming large anxiety starts building up again.

What in your writing world brings on a sense of relief for you? 

Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.



29 comments:

  1. Relief is the time in between the two writings or the lack of it, difficult to say:)

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  2. Mmm... My relief comes after final edits. :-D

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  3. I'm like you and feel relief when I meet smaller goals.

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  4. I will be relieved when A to Z is over. Not that I haven't enjoyed it -- I have. But the every day commitment puts other things on the back burner.

    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

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  5. I'll let you know when I get there!

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  6. My relief comes at the end of the editing process! Then I know I can relax for a while before I start over again. :D

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  7. I get that sense of relief after I've managed a good ending.

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  8. There is sense of relief when I'm finished with a story, but it is short-lived because I know the real work is about to begin, and it's the part I have the hardest time with... revising and editing.

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  9. I feel relief when I make my word count goals and feel that I am making progress.

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  10. Relief comes at the end of a very tricksie scene for me, and at the end of the first draft. I love re-writes, so it's just getting to that point that's the toughie for me!

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  11. Finishing that first draft, as that's the least fun aspect to me.

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  12. I feel relief when I get my blog posts done ahead of schedule, when I get my story written for the month for Write 1 Sub 1, when I put my work out into the world and the response is positive. Whew! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
    Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
    The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

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  13. With me, it's waiting for a review from CP'S, agents, or publishers...

    Even if it's a rejection or not what I expected, I am relieved to finally get the answer.

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  14. Finishing the final edits. I actual entertained a house full of friends yesterday and made Easter dinner! Relax time:)

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  15. Hi friends...for me there is a huge sense of relief after the first draft. I also feel relieved after I get good and encouraging feedback from my crit partners.

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  16. love that sense of relief - tho i'm bad at rushing through the climax to reach the end when i'm editing. but it's the best part, right?

    happy r day!

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  17. There is a sense of relief when you finish writing a story - and it's your last revision!

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  18. Relief...I think it only hits me for about five seconds. You know the five seconds between knowing its being published and realizing I have to work on the next book lol

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  19. For me, relief is when I have written and scheduled tomorrow's A-Z blog post and realise I don't have to get up at stupid o'clock to hit the morning deadline...

    My blog is at GenWestUK

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  21. Haha, of course, by the time the book comes out, you're already knee-deep in another book and have no time for dinners again!

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  22. I was actually feeling a sense of relief last night because we're more than 1/2 the way through this challenge. We're on the downhill! We can do it!

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  23. It is a great feeling but it never lasts long enough.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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  24. Hi Rachna,

    In my writing world, I will have a huge sense of relief when the A to Z is finally over. I want to get back to my writing :)

    Gary

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  25. Strangely enough, I feel relief when I'm sitting down and writing EVERY DAY.

    Once I get that down, the rest will come naturally (I hope!)

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  26. Rachna, I was extremely relieved today when I broke out of the writing doldrums and added 1200 words to my wip. Now if I can just do it again tomorrow...

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  27. That makes sense Rachna.

    Since I started teaching, the end of a semester certainly brings relief. It allows me to clean the slate and hopefully improve things when the next group of students is ready to begin.

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  28. I am hoping, my relief will come when I hit publish.

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