Shelved is a term that is often used in almost every industry. Every professional experiences this and it is not unique to writing alone. But, writers face this problem more often than not. Ask any writer and he or she would tell you how many times they had thought of something and not followed it up, how many times they had started to write something and then had just trashed them or stacked them up somewhere they cannot recollect and how many times writers have quit midway or even when they were inches away from finishing a book.
Every writer has at least a few stacks of papers that had been filled with ideas, notes or even stories, which had never culminated into anything. Why does this happen? Why do you get started with something and then don’t finish it? Why is it so difficult to keep going on after the first few hundred words, which seemed to have flown out from nowhere, without any effort?
Here’s how you should finish what you started writing.
An Idea Is A Seed, Let It Grow
Ideas are a germ. They aren’t the microorganisms causing disease. They are the germs that have the power to reproduce and grow, akin to the wheat or corn germ. When you have an idea, do you forget about it or hit the notepad to write it down? Do you follow up that idea or do you simply pen it down and then don’t manage to make any headway?
If you cannot work on a particular idea or if you have written it down and yet there’s no progress, then you have not allowed your idea to grow. When you have a thought or imagine something, think more and imagine more. Let that idea grow. Let it take up a larger form and only then you should get down to writing. Else, you will pen down that idea, develop a few hundred words from it but that would be it. When you let an idea grow, when you ask questions and get a much better understanding of an idea, you will be several chapters through a book, at least in your mind.
Invest In Free-writing
Free-writing is a practice of penning down whatever thoughts that come to your mind revolving around an idea. You will always get many new ideas from the chaos of words. You can then sieve the mess to find the gems.
Adhere To Deadlines
This is the simplest of all tips here. Set deadlines for your writing gigs and you would never leave things unfinished.
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