ImageLet’s face it everyone, most of us have trouble finishing things from time to time; some more often than others. It is so easy to get a great idea in your head and just go with it only to find that you’ve left yourself with nowhere to go to develop the plot, or even to lose interest in a story that you’ve started and just never finish it. I’ve written a previous post on why this is okay, and what I want to say here is not meant to contradict anything I said in that post, but rather to point out the benefits of each. Having trouble finishing something is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you let it prevent you from ever finishing anything it certainly can be. Completing a story may be a very difficult task for some of us, but I want to encourage all of you to challenge yourself to complete something. It could be a simple NaNoWriMo story or it could be something you’ve been developing for a long time; either way, try to push on through to the end. Like any other type of art, it is a wonderful feeling to look on at something you have created and be able to say “that’s mine, I did that.” And as the author or painter or sculptor or musician you can see the piece of art for much more than most other people can–you can see it as a living, breathing entity which you created from yourself, flaws and all. I think the relationship that any artist has with his work is one of the most powerful expressions of love there is, and I think everyone should experience this at some point.

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One thought on “Bringing it to Completion

  1. There is definitely a tension between a story idea that needs more reflection and subconscious development, one that probably, in all honesty, should be abandoned, and one that simply requires more application of craft to finish.

    First figure which of these you are facing. Is this one that I need to trust my subconscious to work on and wait for the aha! moment? Is this one that I simply need to knuckle down and finish? You may put something down, thinking it has value but being hopelessly stuck, for a year or more before you come back to it with a fully developed idea that completes it well. Or, perhaps more likely, your kids will discover a box of unfinished stories when you die!

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