Finish your shit, it’s good for you.

I’m going to take a moment to drop knowledge while my monkeys are going through their bedtime routine. Granted, I don’t have that much knowledge to drop, so this should be blessedly brief.

Allow me to bend your ear (or perhaps your eye, as this blog is a visual medium. Ew, eye bending? Nevermind) for a moment about the importance of finishing your project. I’m going to assume that you’re also a writer if you’re reading this, though I suspect the advice I will give is applicable to just about anything you deem worthy of your pitifully small allotment of time here on earth.

Finishing your story – whether it’s a short story, novelette, full length book, or Robert Jordanesque mothereffing doorstop – is probably the most important thing you can do as a writer, or any kind of artist for that matter. Going all the way, to THE END will teach you more about what you do well and do shitty than an infinite number of first chapter revisions or brand new sparkly idea bursts. Not only that, but actually finishing a thing will boost your confidence in a way that no amount of prep work or pep talking can. Crossing the finish line once – even if you only make the last feet in a bleeding, wheezing, gurgling froth of coffee tinged spittle – means you can fucking do it. And if you can do it once, then you can learn to do it again, and better.

There is no substitute for finishing. Finishing once is practice. And if you’re anything like me, you need all the goddamn practice you can get.


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