Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Heinlein's Rules: Insecure Writers Must Finish What They Start #IWSG

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs.

Scifi author Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers) provided his infamous five simple rules for becoming a professional writer. They all seem very simple and obvious, but every writer's insecurity will prevent them from doing at least one of these consistently. I'll be covering one of them each month for the Insecure Writers Support Group. Here they are, what they mean, and how you can follow them.

1. You Must Write

2. You Must Finish What You Start - Starting a story is actually pretty easy. You just need to write something, anything, even a sentence. Even getting to the middle of a story is relatively easy; just keep going. But I think finishing a story is the hardest part, because it means tying up everything that's gone on before in a satisfying way.

I've always had a problem with endings. Insecurity sometimes causes me to stop writing, put the story aside and write something else. But finishing my story is what will give me a complete draft, which is the only way to have finished product or sell my work.

What about you? Do you have trouble finishing what you start? If not, how do you get yourself to finish?

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