Do you have problems finishing what you write? From what I’ve seen, all writers do.
I’m sure there’s a project you’re feeling horribly guilty about… you’re days or even weeks past deadline. You know you should get it done, but you’re not working on it.
What’s up with that? How can you feel so miserable, yet nevertheless avoid completing the project?
There’s an easy way to solve the problem: eliminate the project. Strike it off your To Do list. There — all done.
However, if someone’s paying you to write, it’s not that easy.
You have a choice of three things you can do.
1. Tell the client you can’t complete the project, and apologize profusely
I did this once on a book project. I offered to repay the advance, and groveled. Sad to say, I couldn’t get out of it — the editor gave me a pep talk. Then I completed the project.
This taught me something: when a project’s in trouble, speak up.
2. Get someone else to finish it
Call someone. Get another writer to complete the project. You’ll owe your friend a favor, but that’s OK.
3. Finish it
As options #1 and #2 above suggest, it always helps to talk about it. You may well find that someone gives you the right advice, or a strategy which will make completing the project easier.
This often happens with fiction. You’re just too close to the story. A single idea may get you motivated, so that you breeze through the project.
In a nutshell: when you’re in trouble, find someone to whom you can talk. It helps. Then make a decision on what you’ll do.
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