‘Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.’ – Anonymous-
Lets call a spade a spade. I’ve quit a story before because I thought that it was going no where. The hardest part of writing is getting the actual story down. There are so many scenes, stories, dialogues and metaphors just swimming around in our heads. If you are like me then you spend your day thinking about these and contemplating how great they would be in a story! You even tell yourself that you have a story and that you wrote it; you just haven’t actually put it down.
That’s the hard part – putting it down. This is the most exhausting part of writing. Editing a scene, sure, it’s a nightmare, and it stresses you out, but the story is down on the page! Most writers I talk to quit before a story is over because they hate what they are writing as they are writing it.
My advice: get over it! Just write the story regardless of whether or not its absolute crap. Once you’ve written it all down then you can dive into it and start polishing some scenes and tweaking some dialogues. That’s the easy and fun part! Turn off your internal editor and just write the story. It doesn’t matter if it feels bad or reads horribly – you can adjust it later, but you will never finish a work unless you write the entire thing first. Don’t be that writer that only writes half a story and then convinces themselves that they can finish it anytime, but never do.
Find a half finished story or a half finished scene and finish it. Give it some closure. Just completing a work will give you a great boost and will push you to do it again and again.