Am I an insecure writer? Of course. Here goes.
I start a lot of stories that I either do not finish or take too much time to finish. This is unacceptable for a successful writer. Um everyone likes to read a completed story. Trust me. However, I have many reasons why I don’t finish at all or finish in a timely manner. 1) Millie needs my attention, 2) I work outside the home, 3) I’m tired, and 4) The grass is growing. But my favorite “excuse” is that I have a fantastic new story idea that I must give life to.
The real reason? What if…what if I never come up with another story idea to write on. What if I finish one (I do have finished stories) and not be able to write another?
The answer is, of course I will.
This week I found an excellent post to encourage me at the Kill Zone (blog), Finish your Doggone Story! by James Scott Bell. He heard Ray Bradbury speak once about finishing the story. Bradbury had not finish an assignment, even though a deadline loomed in front of him. “Bradbury rolled out of bed one morning and looked in the mirror and cried, “I am Herman Melville!”.
Ray Bradbury had to talk himself into believing he could do it. What? Yep!
It may take imagining that we are the best writer in the world to push us forward. Whatever it takes, go finish something!
And go read the inspiring post by James Scott Bell. I loved it. Oh and stop putting off that writing. Do both of these things right now!
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