Do you start writing projects as easily as turning on the tap and but don’t dare ‘close’ them?
There are various stages of the writing process where you ‘chicken out’.
Idea stage. You get an idea for a piece of writing. You jot down the idea. You know it’s a good one. One you should work on. But you don’t do anything beyond it.
You get an idea, and you expand on it. You even write a synopsis or outline. But you don’t go into the next stage of fleshing it out.
If you start writing and things don’t go your way, you throw in the towel and give up. You don’t finish what you write.
Or you could be at this stage when you chicken out. You’ve finished a draft. But you can’t bring yourself to edit and polish it.
Worse, you’ve edited it but can bring yourself to hit the Publish button or upload your book to the marketplace or post it to a publishing firm.
All this instances of quitting relieves you from pain but saddles you with guilt. How can you escape this start-and-quit game?
When you research, makes notes and outline but don’t get down to writing your piece.
Any of the above actions if repeated over a length of time would take a hit on your writing productivity by turning your inaction into a hardened habit which operates on auto-pilot in your writing life.
You want to minimize this halfhearted approach so that you don’t waste your time and energy on your writing tasks only to end up having nothing to show for it.
Give Yourself This Ultimatum
This is an ultimatum I give myself to minimize productivity shortfalls – Finish it or Don’t start it or even think about it.
If writing productivity translates to money or other other tangible return for you (branding, traffic etc), you should write this statement in BIG Letters.
FINISH IT OR DON’T BOTHER STARTING!
Any time you feel like starting a project which you’re not sure of finishing, don’t do it.
Starting may give you joy, a kind of false high and then when the going gets tough or when there’s a lapse of time between one writing session and another, you abandon your projects and then start thinking of another to start.
This vicious cycle would continue if not curbed.
So, put a stop to it today and don’t start anything you can’t finish. If you still start, make you sure you finish, no matter how bad you think your finished product would be.