Hello Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Children! Do you ever have trouble finishing projects? Do you have several good ideas but don’t know which to work on? If you are a writer, or any type of artist, you’ve most likely had these issues. I know I do, regularly!
Here are a few common complaints and some tips that have helped me. If you have some ideas, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll feature your tips in a future post.
I’ve been working on this story forever and it’s lagging.
Work on something else! No, not another lengthy project. Something short; something quick. This helps get those extra ideas out of your head so you can focus on your project. It’s kind of like weeding a garden. Once those pesky weeds are out of the way, your vegetables can grow. Try a word prompt or other writing exercise.
Here are a few that I use:
Go Dog Go Cafe – Writing prompt every Tuesday
Carrot Ranch Literary Community – Flash Fiction prompt every Thursday
Warmup Pages – Photo prompt every other Saturday
I also publish writing prompts daily:
5 Words – Writing prompt every day
The Nature of Writing – Photo prompt every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
I’ve tried writing short works, but I always feel like they need to be developed more. So, I never really finish those either!
Hey, it happens. After all, nobody wants to let go of a good idea! But consider this: when you tell a friend about something that happened to you today, do you develop the story from the time you woke up to the time you started talking to your friend? Of course not!
So, don’t feel like your work has to include the character’s life story. It can just be what happened to them in a 10-minute period. No, you didn’t tell the whole story, but you did tell an interesting one, and you can always build on it later!
Practice writing flash fiction using 1000 words or less. I usually write only 200-250. That’s about half a page! You can find some examples here: Zippy Flash Fiction
You could also try your hand at some quick poetry:
This brief verse from
Pen doth spawn.
I looked away,
and now it’s gone.
Or, you could try the famous 6-word story:
Here lies Jack. The cat attacked.
I can’t show other people my work unless it’s perfect!
This is a biggie. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Now, cut it out! Nobody has ever made anything perfect… ever! But you can make something that’s pretty good. Failure IS an option! In fact, you MUST fail so you can learn from your mistakes.
Stop second guessing yourself. If you have an idea, don’t think about it too long. Write it down or else you’ll start to think that it’s a dumb idea, and you’ll never create anything. Write spontaneous poems and silly flash fiction, goodness knows there’s enough of them on this site. It will help you get your ideas out, to feel more confident in sharing, and, believe it or not, some of those ideas will turn out to be pretty awesome!
Here’s to finishing something for once in my life! If you have any helpful tips, please share them in the comments below!