How many of you have a bunch of projects that you’ve never finished?
If you never finish a story or a novel, you will never know the best feeling a writer can ever get. Being able to type The End is so monumentally important to your development as a working writer. It means you can bring a project to completion. You can commit. You can persevere. And for your hard work you have a complete, full draft.
And it is hard to complete a novel. This isn’t easy — if it were easy, everyone could do it. People try every year during NaNoWriMo, they try when they get laid off (apparently agents are seeing an increase in manuscripts), they try when something life-changing happens and they say, “This is it, I am going to write a book.”
Some people succeed. Most don’t.
So how do you reach The End? I hope I’m providing a roadmap, albeit somewhat piecemeal, toward that goal. But if you give up before finishing, if you have a ton of novel starts on your laptop, you are cheating yourself out of an essential part of what being a writer is. I’m sure you’ve heard that a writer writes. I would go one better.
A real writer finishes.