26 Words Every Writer Needs: F #atozchallenge

“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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