Oh, I do love typing that last line of a story. I don't do anything special like write "The End" or celebrate with a piece of chocolate or maybe something from Taco Bell (well, this I do sometimes). Most of the time I smile, close my laptop, and start dreaming up a new story.
Except for this time.
Yes, I was excited about finishing my last story. I was excited to enter a few contests and revise and edit. But friends, I've written my share of stories. And I've paid attention. I've learned and tried to grow and use advice I've been given. I know I have so much more to learn, but I also know that it's my honest goal with every new book I write to make it better than the last.
Now that's intimidating. It's exciting and fun, sure. But it also makes me pause. I want to do better each time I write a new story and that's a tall order.
So when I finished my last story, I got all smiley and dreamed up what I wanted to write next.
And then I stopped. And worked on editing the story I had just finished. Then decided to edit some more. And now...oh boy. I'm kind of working up to plotting my new story because I want to apply everything I've learned from this last one. I want to apply all the advice that's been given to me over the years. I want to utilize what I've learned from reading countless novels. And not only do I want this story to be good...I want it to be better.
I love that this is something we writers like to do. I love that there's always something to work toward, but wow...sometimes writing can be hard.
Does this ever happen to you? For those of you who have written more than one story, have you felt intimidated by starting a new one?
Oh, and just a quick note! I want to say Happy Birthday to my precious daughter (well, one of them anyway). She turns five today!