Oooh yeeaah! is the feeling you get when you finish something. It could be a first draft or a finished novel, it might mean finally achieving perfection with that dreaded covering letter or synopsis, or it might even just be finalising a kick ass idea for your next novel. Whatever the occasion you should try and remember how that oooh yeeaah! moment feels.
Every writer needs a good oooh yeeaah! moment in their lives; it’s the first part of your celebration when you finish something you’re proud of. Without a damn good oooh yeeaah! to look forward to it can be hard to find the motivation to continue. So make sure you really appreciate all your oooh yeeaah! moments and try to never forget just how good they feel.
Of course being an aspiring writer (strange term) means you’ll probably also have your fair share of oooh shhiiit! moments as well. That feeling of ohholycrapwhatthehelldidido!! Unfortunately these moments tend to come with a little more frequency than the oooh yeeaah! moments, which sucks but isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you pay attention you can learn valuable lessons from oooh shhiiit! moments.
I remember one time when I experienced both oooh yeeaah! and oooh shhiiit! moments on the same damn night. I’d just finished the final draft of a short story I was penning for a horror anthology. It felt great. I’d finally kicked that story into touch and it was ready to send. So I sent it…like an idiot. Even though I’d read the bloody thing through (multiple times) it wasn’t until after I hit send that I noticed a ridiculous spelling error in my story. The oooh yeeaah! had barely left my lips before it turned into the dreaded oooh shhiiit! moment that I’ve learnt to fear. But it served a purpose – since that night I have never sent out a story with a spelling error (touch wood).
So whenever you have an oooh yeeaah! moment or an oooh shhiiit! moment remember to learn something from it. That way you’ll be saying yeeaah! a lot more than you’ll be saying shhiiit!