Finishing

I read Dork Tower. I’m a geek from long ago, and I grew up playing RPGs, and Dork Tower calls to the fifteen year old girl who still lives in my head (and helps me write YA!) and all the people she knew.

Today there was not a cartoon. But there was an essay on the subject of finishing.

John Kovalic was talking about art, but what he says applies to writing, too.

There are so many people out there who start to write. They start a story, and it flummoxes them so they set it aside and start a new one. FRESH IDEAS. NEW ENERGY. It calls to all of us.

All this gets us is the ability to be VERY GOOD at writing openings.

And terrible at writing endings.

I’m guilty of this too. I will sit and stare at a piece and think to myself what was I ever thinking about this? and I will set it aside.

If you’ve ever done the same, go read John’s post on The Finish Line. Then if you feel as guilty as I do over all those unfinished projects (and thus, unmade sales because I have pre-rejected the idea before I even completed it), GO WRITE.

That’s what I’m going to do.

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About D. E. Atwood

When D.E. Atwood was in second grade, she finally grew tall enough to see the shelf above the mysteries in the bookmobile. She discovered a rich landscape of alternate worlds, magic, and space and has never looked back from the genres of fantasy and science fiction. When she was twelve, she declared that she was going to be a writer, and share the stories that she saw happening all around her. She wanted to create characters that others would care about, and that would touch their lives, like the books that she read had touched her own life. Today she has combined her interests, creating genre stories about the people who live next door, bringing magic into the world around us. When not writing, D.E. Atwood is a mother (to two children and a cat), a wife, a reader, a knitter, a systems administrator, a roleplayer, and a music aficionado. Sleep, she claims, is optional.
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