Starting is easy because it is fun. Finishing is difficult because it is work. That is why so many writers have unfinished works such as books, poems, comics and self-help guides. They have plenty of pieces they have started with few they have finished. As a young writer, it is better to get out of this habit before it is too late. Here are some tips to help young writers finish what they start.
Do a little bit on it everyday
This is the most efficient way of bringing your work to a conclusion. It may not be the fastest way of finishing your work, but it is efficient because you are working on your piece in a consistent manner. It is a little like the story of the turtle racing the hare. The hare starts fast and then burns out, but the turtle goes slow, steady and consistently, and eventually the turtle wins the race. Take the turtle route and opt for consistency over speed and you will eventually finish your work.
Get into a routine of working on it at a certain time
Routine is a very good thing, especially when you have a job as boring and lonely as being a writer. The sheer weight of the silence and solitude a writer suffers will become less burdensome if the writer gets into a routine. If a writer cannot get into a routine, then he or she will start a work and burnout cycle, which commonly involves an addictive and destructive act because the crashes are so emotionally devastating.
Remember why you started
The motivation behind starting would always help you finish in an ideal world, but we do not live in an idea world. We live in a world where people start their work with lots of enthusiasm and then give up because they became bored, tired, or simply forgot why they started in the first place. Burnout is another factor that plays a part, and so your job is to try to remember why you were so motivated in the first place. Try to remember why you started the project and you may be able to recapture your initial motivation.
Stop doing it when it is no longer fun
This is not a long-term piece of advice; rather it is a short-term action. When you are writing, you may hit a point where it gets boring. If that is the case, then you should stop writing and come back to it another day. If you have a deadline then this is not an option, but if the project is something you started on your own then you should stop every time it becomes boring. This will stop you associating your project with being bored. This is short-term advice and not long-term advice. This tip is not telling you to start a project and then quit it completely when you get bored of it.
Take a break even if you are enjoying it
Regular breaks are vitally important and you must force yourself to take them. This is especially true at all times and should especially be acknowledged when you are enjoying writing. When you take a break, you are giving your mind a chance to wander off topic. It helps you recharge a little so that you can apply yourself more fully when you return.
When you are typing away and you are happy, you may be tempted to miss your break or delay your break because you are “on a roll.” But, this is a terrible thing to do. You are inadvertently telling your subconscious that every time you start to enjoy your work you will have to work longer and harder. You are teaching yourself how not to enjoy writing. Instead, you should take your break and return to your work a little later when you are recharged, and you will be safe in the knowledge that you are not about to burn out.
Find the fun in it
If you find something fun then you are going to do it more often and enjoy it more. You are going to find the work less boring and you are more likely to persevere and finish your work. Finding the fun in what it essentially work is very difficult, but it is not impossible. If there is nothing you like or enjoy about writing, then you are really in the wrong profession.