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“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.” 
― Neil Gaiman

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest

Today we’re here to about something many writers struggle with.

Follow-through
noun
1. the ability to carry out fully, see something to completion.

There’s definitely something to be said about finishing things. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff that’s already been said about it. Especially as it pertains to writing. Just google “finishing quotes” and you’ll see what I mean. Incidentally, if you accidentally google “Finnish quotes” you might be equally enlightened:

Niin makaa, kuin petaa.

Translation: One sleeps like one makes his bed. Or, you reap what you sow.

There are many reasons why a writer might never finish their work. We rationalize procrastination, analyze everything, and make excuses and say that we need to give it one more revision, or just fix that one final thing. I know that I am still struggling with this on many levels. Not the completion so much anymore as the “calling it done”. And that’s all related to another F word, and a four-letter one at that: fear.  Admitting the problem is the first step, right? *ahh*


But truly, finishing your writing projects is so very important. The most important thing in writing, perhaps. Because unless you finish your work how will you ever be able to share it with the world? And the world is waiting for your story.

How do you get your work done? Is it a struggle to finish or are you like me and could spend an eternity in a forever-cycle of editing? It’s an uphill battle because the work can *always* be improved… but calling it done. Seeing it through to the finish… that’s something worth celebrating.

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  1. Incredible insight, as always. This concept of follow through always manifests itself the Star Wars movies. George Lucas is well known for explaining that he never considers his stories finished.

    Sure, he took a beating for making some really questionable changes to the movies in the franchise. But they are (were) his stories and he is entitled to do what he pleases with them.

    1. A monster task, I am sure. I have one story that I am going to have to go back through and rewrite. And the thought of that exhausts me. I think I have to wait until it is jumping in my brain to get that one started.

  2. Stopping by on the 7th day of the #Challenge. Congratulations on a well presented blog and content. As a writer your theme is of interest. Thanks for all the hard work it takes to present this.Know you are going to make new blogging friends. If you have time or interest, I am writing about gardening and related topics this month. Stop by.

  3. One way to get through is to send your work to a beta-reader. Once it’s out of your hands, it’s “done” for now. Sure you can pick it back up, but still, it’s in a state of “completeness.” Otherwise, I go with my gut, when it feels right, it feels done.

    1. Dean – so true! I like to call things done in stages, so I get that sense of completeness. I am now going through a new draft… but the earlier draft is totally DONE! I need to give myself credit for the milestones, even if there isn’t anything to show for it just yet.

  4. The things I’ve finished I set a deadline and worked toward it. There comes a point where you must let go of a work, knowing that nothing you write will ever be “perfect.” That’s easier said than done, though.

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