In between Alpha to Omega

I’m always hearing about beginnings and ends.  We grab the idea and begin our project, rushing toward the end of the project with abandon.  Sometimes we miss the entire middle of the journey in the rush to get it done.

Beginnings are times for making resolutions, for creating plans, for bursts of energy. Endings are times for winding down and may involve feelings of completion or loss. But with the proper outlook, considering ourselves as in the middle of things can help us not only to understand life a little better but also to live it a little more meaningfully. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The middle is the journey we take in our creative endeavors.  Beginnings and endings happen regularly in this middle state, we just happen to me moving toward the end game while accomplishing things along the way.

The act of writing is much like life’s journey. We learn, improve, and create drama on a universal level. The more we travel along, the richer our lives become.  Risk and adversity are equal parts in this journey. With out those lows, we’d never appreciate the highs.

I get caught up in the need to finish projects and forget the middle of the process is what brings me to the end.

There is an entire alphabet to experience between the alpha and the omega.  If we miss it, it’s our loss.

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About Leila

I hail from the East and view the world as my playground. I'm opinionated. My dog is my co-pilot, but my cat navigates better. I'm only limited by my imagination. While there are terrible things that happen in the world I am responsible for making good things happen where I live, and that affects the world at large making it a better place.

Posted on August 2, 2012, in Leila Gaskin, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. When I first came up with the idea of WIP #1 – I charged in and started writing. I finished the rough draft a couple weeks ago and it sucks!
    I am now re-plotting. And guess what? Sitting my butt down, or pacing or lying around lol, and actually plotting what’s going to happen, has me finding my character’s journey to be much more satisfying. I don’t regret the rough draft – it gave me an insight into the characters and what I don’t want to have happen.
    But this second draft is going to be a lot funner to write. Simply because I’ll enjoy it as I go and when I hit the end, it will be much more satisfying.

    • Rough drafts are our brain dump. There are gems that continue through the revision process and parts that will never make it to you beta reader. The process is what brings the satisfaction. :)

  2. Nice post! Definitely something I need to remember, because I’m in the middle right now :) I hope I haven’t made it feel too unwanted.

    • Thanks! Revising and editing is a bit like faceting a gemstone. The more we work at it, the more beautiful the end product.

  3. Oh yes that’s so true! And the middle part is always the one we should like the most… after all we’re doing what we love the most and we shouldn’t rush to the end. Just take it step by step … with a smile :D
    Great post!

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