That difficult closing question. How to end a book talk and the joy of close down rituals.
Yesterday I wrote a story for my grandson's 9th birthday. When I finished it I thought it was really good so I read it to someone. I then read it to my grandson. But at the close of the writing session I did a virtual happy dance because I was so excited it turned out well that may be my closing moment or it might be also to say aloud, tada. I also love your idea when you reframe by seeing all the positives of what you wrote and what turned out lovely I think I'll add that to my brief closing
I am going to Gladstones Library later this year as a treat to myself to write and read. I'm so looking forward to it. I love the idea of a close down routine and definitely want to start implementing one myself. Thanks for the great content.
I think about endings a lot, the way we never acknowledge them, celebrate them or mourn them. Instead always pressing ahead with the next thing. I think today is the first “closing” moment I have had with my writing and it happened because I had to submit a test for a freelance role I’ve applied for. The subject was a little out of comfort zone and I worked on it for 6 hours on and off. I also have COVID and feel like utter crap! When I submitted the pieces I wondered if I had done enough to secure the role, whether I could have worked on it longer, harder. But this overriding sense of closure took charge and said “you did a great job, worked your ass off, accomplished as much as anyone could have with the knowledge that you had and now it’s time to forget about it.” I think that’s the closest I’ve come to giving myself credit and it reflecting on achievement rather than questioning myself. Cheers Bec, great read as always.