Well, not instant gratification, exactly… but this shawl took a little over two weeks, including running out of yarn on the bind-off and having to try again.
As a fiction writer, one of the things I love about knitting is completing something finite. The stitches end up off the needles, the needles are free for a new skein of yarn and there’s a beautiful object to enjoy.
With fiction writing, and revising especially, there’s no concrete finish line.
I cannot recall where I heard this piece of advice, most likely from Stevan Allred or Joanna Rose during a Pinewood Table session, but it has become my measuring stick of done-ness in a manuscript, sort of like sticking a thermometer into your dinner and seeing whether it registers the appropriate degree: Revise, and keep revising, until you’re only moving punctuation around.