When a Project is finished.
You may be a procrastinator, or the story just didn’t quite go where you wanted it to go, and you haven’t had time to rein it in. Did it reach the inevitable dead end? If so, why not spend the month of August getting the story finished.
Why should you get the project finished? For one simple reason. The satisfaction of having completed something.
Why should you worry about getting something finished? Why do I want the satisfaction of getting something done? Are you someone who actually wants to finish something?
Finishing something can be a big accomplishment. Writing a story from “Once Upon a Time” to “The End” is a large undertaking, but it is really only the start of creating your story. Once you have written it, you have to edit it (because only a highly intelligent intellectual will get it right on the first go, and even then it would be too complex for the normal person to read), revise, edit again and then send it out to a select few readers for their feedback on the story.
Using the month of August to finish a project could be as simple as:
- Finishing off the story you started in SoCNoC, NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNo, Zing Thing – etc etc
- Revising your story
- Editing your story
- Revising the edits from your readers
- Working on those scenes that just didn’t quite work right the first time
- Creating a plan for your story – after the fact – that might work out that technical glitch that stopped it in its tracks
- Finding time to finish off a project you have been meaning to do.
Finishing can be hard – you might find stumbling blocks in your way – excuses for not finishing. If so, check out this article about why you have a Fear of Finishing a Project.
It could be as simple as running out of ideas, or complex as “I don’t want to finish the story and say goodbye to my characters.” Either way, finding an excuse for not finishing a project is cutting yourself short. Your story needs to be finished. Perhaps you could find a sequel in there if you loved your characters so much… there are options.
It’s easy to get published once you have written a really good book and the hard part, 99 percent of what you need to worry about, is really finishing it.
Laini Taylor (Read more quotes at Brainy Quotes)
If you want some help to get your End is Nigh project finished, follow these ideas:
In the end, it’s really about hard work and persistence. It’s hard to finish projects until you’ve gone through the act of failing in finishing projects–and I’ve definitely had my fair share of project failures.
To summarize, if you’re a hunter, it’s critical to identify a deadline to which you hand over your project to a farmer at the maturity stage. The farmer’s job is to then maintain the project, and the excellent work that you’ve launched.
1. Marathon of Sprints
2. Horse-blinders and Bunny Ears
3. Break Brittle Reasons
4. Avoid Too Many Meals
5. Crunch out projects
6. Shut out the world.
By following the above principles, and starting projects that you’ll finish, instead of attempting to finish projects that you start, you’ll always be able to finish the projects that you start.
The full article about Finishing how to finish a project can be found here
Working on a project from start to finish, gives you a wonderful sense of having completed something. You feel good about it, and you your brain releases feel good endorphins to give you an uplifting experience. Too technical for you? Here’s the layman’s version – you will feel good!
To finish a project is to boost your self esteem. ”What?” you are asking me – well it does. When we accomplish something, and we feel good about it, it increases our self esteem.
OK, too much?
Well, why not just pencil in some time this month, and just get that project that is burning a hole in your desk finished so you can tell your mates, that you did it.