Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for Get'er Done

Whatever project you have going on now...

Finish it.

You can do it.  You really can.

My first few books I tried to write never saw the end.  I started to think I was totally incapable of finishing anything I started.  Then I wrote a book that took me six years to write.  But I finished it.  My next book took me two years to write before I typed "The End."*

My latest WIP?  That one took me one week to finish.

I realized it was all in my head.  If I kept telling myself I couldn't finish anything, nothing ever got finished.  But if I told myself something was going to be done in such-and-such time, it was done.  No, it wasn't the prettiest thing in the world, but that's what the second draft is for.

You can't perfect a story until you've laid the groundwork.  So lay it, and get'er done!  :)

What are you working on now that you just wish you could get'er done?  And yes, I am saying that phrase with a deep voice and heavy accent.  :)  I suggest you try it.  It's very fun.

*For the purposes of this post, I'm pretending I type "The End" at the end of a manuscript, but I don't suggest you do it in real life.

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  1. I know I can write a book but I'm having a really time getting motivated. Even though I love the story, diving into the writing means I'm actually going to go through all this hardship again. The hope building and then being stiffled into obvlivion once I start querying. Don't know if I'm strong enough just now.

  2. I had a screenplay teacher who said, whatever you start, you have to finish. I always took that to heart and it's never let me down.

  3. Excellent post. I just started a new manuscript and my goal is definitely to finish it before I begin the worry cycle.

  4. but.. but.. but..
    this goes against ALL the tenants of the church of procrastination!

  5. Ok ok. I'm getting off the internet for a couple hours to go work on my zombie story. Sheesh. ;D

    Get 'er done! Hehehehe

  6. I've got revisions awaiting me, a rough draft awaiting me, and some pages I need to critique for other writers. On top of all that I've got the A-Z Challenge, too. Pleased to meet you from there, by the way!

  7. Oh crap. Now I have to stop reading blogs and get to work.

  8. Right now, my horror short story is hiding in the filing cabinet. I wrote the first draft and decided it needed a lot of changes. Well, when I went to make the changes, I couldn't get passed my mental block. Just signed up for a writing short story intensive. Hopefully, it will get'er done. Good luck with the challenge!

  9. I still can't believe you whipped through MORCAH in one week during NaNo! :) And how exciting you have a date for the release of ELEMENTAL!! Woo!

  10. ah, so no summer holiday for you this year :)

  11. I am in the middle of a big project that I've been commissioned to paint. I am enjoying the process but every now and then I will doubt myself. I am getting better at not letting that hold me back and realizing it's okay to do things the way I do them and not feel like it has to be like somebody else's art. I am working to get it done, I think I have about 60 more hours of work, hooray! Thanks for the boost!

  12. I just finished the last paper of my undergraduate career. Nice entry!


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