Completion Funk

I’m running my novelette through Grammarly and am having some humans put their eyes on the ARC (advanced reader copy), but it is done.

I feel relieved and sad all at once.

There is a thing happens after each book or story that is going to be released into the wild. I call it completion funk.

Completion funk is the feeling of loss you get after you finish a project. It is also a feeling of not-good-enoughness and why-botherness.

The logical side of your brain will say, “Hey, buddy! You’ve done a great job! This is wonderful! Now, enjoy yourself, and then pick a new project!”

The other side of you that is more heart than head will say, “No one noticed you finished. No balloons. No party. No one will ever know how hard this was for you, and it isn’t even your best work.”

The fact is that it is awesome that you finished a thing, and no one will ever know how hard it was for you no matter how well the finished product turns out. This is the nature of creating.

It is a rollercoaster of emotion, but at the end of the day, you will be a finisher of things. That feels good no matter the completion funk.

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Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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