(We went down to the beach at sunset to enjoy a family evening out. I enjoyed it so much more knowing my little project was complete.)
Yes, I’ve finally done it. I’ve completed a story.
This is something I have not been able to achieve since high school. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post there are various stories and novels that I’ve worked on but nothing I have actually finished.
There were several factors that helped me complete my first written story in 10 years, these may help anyone else struggling with procrastination.
- start small – in this case I needed to only complete a short story
- find one item (in this case it was an artwork) that you will look to for ideas and inspiration
- have a deadline – this was easy because I was entering a local competition, and therefore had no choice but to complete the story on time
When I first thought of the idea for the short story I was very excited about it. I went to bed that night and couldn’t sleep for all the plot points swirling around the bedroom. However, on completion of the piece, I have to admit that my love for writing had definitely been tested. After writing numerous drafts, critical reviews by friends and partner, I was extremely bored with the whole thing. I felt like I was back at university again, tweaking an essay that had driven me crazy for weeks.
I had to remind myself that readers have new eyes, and they may be just as excited about the idea as you first were. Once edited, friends who were read the story for the first time provided positive feedback. That’s when I knew I was close to finishing.
When you complete the final edit, and print it out for the last time its a great feeling!
(On a side note: getting friends and family to read it was the best thing I could have done. They found obvious flaws I had missed and helped me improve it greatly. If you are thinking about getting people to proof and critique your work, let them. Its better that they read the less quality version instead of a publisher!!)
I know that some of you who read this may have already published novels and completed many stories and might have great advice for me. Well, please share your thoughts, I am happy to receive feedback.