What Does THE END Look Like?

THE END. It’s usually a good place to be. It means you have completed a journey. The last day of November marked THE END for writers who participated in NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo. They’ve slogged through the hurdles of drafting a novel, or worked through creative bursts of ideas for picture books until they accumulated at least 30. But writer or not, when you’ve completed a task, it is always good to find yourself at THE END of it.

When I get to THE END of a project, I’m usually surrounded by chaos. I think I’m that classic creative type who works best in a mess. Up to a point… This November, I not only participated in PiBoIdMo, but did the final proofing of my forthcoming novel, The Boy Problem AND finished a novel I’ve been working on for years. I met all of my goals! But when I was finished, my desk looked like this:


As much as this desk helped me get to THE END of two novels, I found I couldn’t begin to start a new project on it. So I did something I don’t like doing very much. I gave up a day of writing to organize. I stacked all of the drafts of The Boy Problem together.  The result was a ten inch, twenty seven pound stack. When you look at that you can kind of see how I work through a novel. With lots of little flags noting pages that still need work. This probably only represents half of them, many were pulled out along the way.




There were a few more stacks not-quite-so-impressive stacks as well… but eventually, my desk looked like this.


Yeah, I know there are still two pretty messy piles, but you don’t expect me to create in a completely clean environment, do you? The point is, I’ve reached THE END of some important projects! And now, with space on my desk, I can start a new project… a new beginning!

I recently received the ARCs for THE BOY PROBLEM! When  an author actually holds an ARC, the book finally feels real! It marks THE END of a great journey!

I recently received the ARCs for THE BOY PROBLEM! When an author actually holds an ARC, the book finally feels real.It marks THE END of a great journey!

Onward we go! What does THE END look like to you?

10 comments on “What Does THE END Look Like?

  1. Mary Zisk says:

    Ah, THE END. I just reached the end of NaNoWriMo, and my daughter asked “Now what are you going to do?” I told her I read a blog that recommended putting NaNo work away for the month of Dec and I would do that. She said “You can’t! Keep writing!” I have to confess that I read through my Nano novel yesterday and my fingers are itching.

  2. muddledmom says:

    Now MY fingers are itching. That looks like success. Congrats!

  3. Anna J. Boll says:

    Ahhh! I don’t feel so bad about my environs now. I also have chaos by the end and have to clean for the next project.

    • kamikinard says:

      And you have the best blog name Anna… Creative Chaos!… this describes both of us, and may others, probably!

  4. rnewman504 says:

    Congrats on the book and neat desk! When I’m nearing the end of a project, my desk looks like I just finished final exams. Papers everywhere!

  5. Karen M. says:

    Your END looks like my whole life. At the moment I can find neither my computer desk nor my overlarge craft table. And it’s spreading onto the day bed in the computer room. But heaven forbid I clean anything up or I will never, never find what I’m looking for.

    So what’s the new novel about?

  6. kamikinard says:

    Well, my life looks a little like that too. There is a room in this house where few have boldly gone before. Yes, cleaning is scary business. The new novel is a fantasy. I have no idea if anyone will want it, but it is one of those manuscripts I just had to complete. Out with beta readers now. Wish it luck!

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