Callooh! Callay!

It’s such a wonderful feeling, finishing a story.  On the one hand, there’s the joy of having created something from nothing.  On the other, there’s the sheer relief of not having to work on the darn thing any more.  For short stories I think the joy is especially ecstatic, because your utter weariness isn’t quite as extreme as it is at the end of novels.

I might even sell this one.  I was asked to participate in the upcoming anthology, THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, due out in 2012, so I know there’s a market for it.  At first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to think of anything for this antho, but the hindbrain is a marvelous creature, and I think what the beastie came up with this time is one of my best ideas yet.  Did you know that the 2000 stock market crash was caused by a bond trader greedy for a leprechaun’s gold?  I didn’t either.  Until now.

Writing is such a laborious process that you have to treasure your triumphs when you can.  I’m eighteen months into a novel that still shows no signs of resolving itself.  And the novel before that went unsold for want of commercial merit.  So, finishing a short story, and being pleased with it, gives me significant satisfaction, whether I sell it or not.  It also gives me a good jolt of motivation for the novel.

How do you react when you finish a story?

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  1. 1. NewGuyDave

    I usually just tell my sweetie and she says, “way to go” or something like that. Then I go pour a drink.

    Nice to hear you’ve finished your story the Anthology. Are you going to Lunacon for the Ur-Bar release party?

  2. 2. S.C. Butler

    I shall be at Lunacon. Perhaps we can pour drinks there.

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Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.



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