F is for Finish the Damn Book!

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cThis month, as I did last year, I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge.  The first post, on April 1, was A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays.  Last year, my theme was Scotland.  This year, my theme is The Writing Life.  Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year.  For instance:

F is for  – Finish the Damn Book!  If you’re like the majority of would-be authors, you’ve started and abandoned many manuscripts.  Starting a book is like starting a love affair.  It’s all mystery and excitement at the beginning.  The possibilities seem endless, and at the beginning, they are.  But like any love affair, the fireworks fade.

Therein lies the rub.  You get confused, lose your focus, your characters don’t cooperate and your plot (if you even have one) seems trite, or it’s going nowhere. So what should you do? Get over it.  Break ranks with the wanna-be’s and finish your first draft.

You’ll have accomplished what 90 percent of writers fail to do.  And if you succeed in editing, polishing, submitting and getting published, you’ll join the elite ten percent of the ten percent who finished their draft. Congratulations!

Easy-reading-is-damn-hardA quote attributed to Nathaniel Hawthorne says “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”  It’s true.  You can’t escape doing the work.  But type “the end” on the last page of that finished first draft, second draft, or polished manuscript and you’ll find out that it’s also amazingly rewarding.  Go ahead.  Do it.  I dare you!

4 comments on “F is for Finish the Damn Book!

  1. Great post. More writers should read this. It can be very hard towards the end (and all the way through, actually) but finish the damn book!

  2. Erin Penn says:

    Oh, but the rush of falling in love with a story is wonderful. … I really need to have more committed relationships with my stories. You are right, and I can’t read this often enough – finish the book, just finish it. Thanks for an interesting group of posts so far on your A to z

  3. Luna says:

    I can so relate to this. I have so many unfinished projects and dozens of posts saved in my drafts folder. Great advice though. Thanks!
    On behalf of The Unconventional Alliance I wish you good luck with the rest of the challenge.
    Luna. http://www.moonlightandhershadow.wordpress.com

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