Chuck Wendig on how to finish a story

Chuck Wendig has created a list on his blog of helpful advice that might help you actually finish the story that you are writing.

While each of the entries is expanded upon — and should be read at his site — here is the highlights.

  1. Stop complaining about it.
  2. Accept your limitations.
  3. Set your time, and defend it.
  4. Find your space, and defend it.
  5. Repeat after me: this is important.
  6. Set a reasonable daily goal.
  7. Don’t beat yourself up.
  8. Kill your fear of failure.
  9. Kill your fear of success.
  10. Divest yourself of ideas of quality.
  11. Stop thinking about publishing more than you think about writing.
  12. Come to the page excited.
  13. If you’re not geeked about writing that day, write anyway.
  14. End the day’s writing in the middle.
  15. Skip the boring parts.
  16. Forget your darlings and kill your distractions.
  17. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.
  18. Have an outline.
  19. Change processes that aren’t working for you.
  20. Take the exit once in a while.
  21. Fuck the fucking market.
  22. Take controlled breaks.
  23. Reward yourself.
  24. Shut up.
  25. Go right now and write.

There are a lot of things that I struggle with while I am writing. There is also a lot of things that I have to overcome before I can put pen to paper. Lists like this help me to see that my problems can be overcome. Many of the things on the list might miss the mark for me, but seeing other people’s problems in such a way helps me feel more “normal” as a writer.

So what problems do you face when you write? Do any of these things stand out to you as particularly beneficial? Are any detrimental? I would love to hear your comments.

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Marisa

I am a writer of words, a thinker of thoughts, a changer of genders, and a queerer of life. I am an antagonist of the ordinary; and while I do tolerate it, I also look at it with contempt.

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