Did you know caffeine has a learning curve? I've finally mastered it. It was sort of necessary, since I was pulling an all-nighter nearly every other night this week. Coffee makes it alarmingly easy to pull off. I see why so many people are addicted. As fun as it is to shiver from overdose, though, I'm going to try to return to a decent sleep schedule tonight.
I've also completed my first story. As in, a whole arc start to finish, eight pages written and turned in for my writing class. It's exciting. *glee* YOU'D THINK I'D HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE. Apparently not! I'm a whizz at starting projects, but given that I have these lofty, volumes-length goals, finishing them is a whole other issue. I took the Ron Carlson approach; his most excellent advice is to sit on your ass and NOT MOVE until the damn thing's done. Personally, when I get stuck, I normally go get a cup of cocoa, forget about the piece for six months, delete it all because it's crap, and go throw myself off a cliff because I never finish anything.
Surprisingly, the sit-your-ass-down-and-do-it method has proved more effective. If you check out his how-to writing book, though, be prepared to throw it against the wall every time he confuses "genre fiction" for "bad writing."