F is for Finishing

   Posted by: Faith   in Everything Else

I’m a great starter.

finish_lineReally! I can start just about anything. A story, a novel, a script… a course, a craft, a project… a choreography, a game, a cleaning task…

…but finishing?

That’s another story entirely. I’ve recently come to the realization that… I’m terrible at finishing.

I don’t start and then stop on purpose.

I might get bored. Or frustrated. Or confused. Or need help. Or not know what to do next. Or distracted. Or overwhelmed. Or mess it up so badly I don’t even want to continue.

But that’s a terrible way to go through life. If I keep starting and never finish, how will I accomplish anything? Well, I’ll accomplish plenty of small things, but nothing substantial. Half a substantial project is still incomplete.

I’m trying to make a concerted effort to see things through once they’re started, but it’s hard changing one’s lifelong habits.

First on the list? Finishing this A-to-Z Challenge… Winking smile

Is there anything you’re struggling to finish right now?

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4 comments so far

Melanie Schulz

I am hitting that same wall. I’ve revised and re-written the same book at least a dozen times. Finally I took some good advice from another author, and that is that you’re never really done with a manuscript, because as soon as you think you are, there are editors and maybe even future editions. Wrters never feel like their work is finished.

April 9th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I have the same trouble when it comes to things that are difficult. I start with great intentions, and eventually peter out. It’s a trait I don’t like in myself. Undertaking this A-Z blogging challenge is one i know I can see to fruition, and I’m hoping that it will inspire me to continue on toward finishing some of the harder things I have undertaken.

April 10th, 2012 at 2:48 am

This post describes me to a “T” I have about 6 books and twice that many home improvement projects that are like 80% done!

April 10th, 2012 at 2:52 am

Melanie — I hear you on that one! And it’s so true when it comes to our writing, even when WE are done, the rest of the world isn’t! The very thought can be maddening!

Laura — Here’s hoping we both get to the end of this challenge and finish strong!

Justin — Ah, another kindred spirit! Those unfinished novels haunt me…

April 10th, 2012 at 11:54 am

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