This week, a reader sent in a question on a topic that we haven't covered as much on the site: what to do when you reach the end of a project. I am so glad to get this question, since finishing is the whole part of starting a project, and being able to finish in a way you are pleased with is every bit as important as finding the motivation to start.
"Dear Ask Remabulous,
I made a goal to finish the
first draft of my novel on November 4th. Now that the date is coming
up, I realize that it won't happen--but I know the book will be
finished sometime in the next month. I'm guessing I'm about 30 pages
away from the end, which is so close, and yet, I am feeling lazy as
ever. I am also teaching three classes and working a part-time job I
recently got to pay the bills. It seems like you work with a lot of
clients who are just starting out with new projects and a new career,
but I wonder what you might to say to someone like me, who's neck deep
in something. How can I make the most of this home stretch so that
finishing the first draft energizes me for the long phase of revision?
And what's with my utter lack of productivity?
image: "Typewriter of Capricorn" by emdot.