Monday, March 1, 2010

I Declare This Novel...Closed

Five Reasons the End of the Olympics is Like Finishing a Novel

1. There were parts that make you proud, parts that made you glad to be alive, and parts that were so disappointing you wanted to throw things.

2. Whatever you were expecting when the whole thing started, you didn't get it--good or bad.

3. No matter how many great things happened, you can't help but focus on the near misses, and what you could have done differently.

4. The ending (in my genres anyway) tends to get a little schmaltzy.

5. When it's over, you're sad, but also relieved, and probably already thinking about next time.

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London, anyone?

- Liz


theinimitablem1 said...

Yes, ma'am. These very things cross the minds of book editors across the world when they launch a new book. The process closes, and we're already thinking about next time. We get a little schmaltzy, too, behind closed doors where no one can see us.

eleven said...

Unlike the Olympics, you don't have to wait four years for the next shot. Also, you can go back and 'undo' your mistakes with rewrites. Or are rewrites like those events where they take the best of three runs? I do feel like the ice skating judges who have been watching you since the world championships last year and know what you're capable of in this final round. Great analogy, and so timely for you.

Kristan said...

Congrats on finishing...?!??!?

nrhatch said...

Great blog. Phenomenal photo!

Liz Czukas said...

Maggie, I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Heather, I should have known you'd extend my metaphor for me. Can't wait to take the next steps with you!

Kristan, I'm writing my last chapter as we speak.

Nandy, thanks dearie! I liked the photo, too.

- Liz