One of the things I have problems with as a writer is finishing what I start and resisting the urge to start something new. I’m sure my anxiety has something to do with this because once people start reading my stories, I get so nervous about them not liking it that I always stopped after chapter ten. I would go on to start something new, even if I liked the story or planned the ending. It’s the same reason why I have problems finishing a story. I know that all stories have to end, but my problem lies trying to find an end. I have so many stories that I know I can finish, but I always have a problem when it gets to the ending.
I wonder why it’s always easier to start something, but harder to finish it. For me, the problem lies in making the story interesting. Will people enjoy it? Is there something I can do to make sure people check out my story among the others that are out there? Then there’s always that one question that makes me stop: Will the ending fall flat? I always tend to think that since I have such a strong beginning that my ending is going to be the same. I know I’m supposed to push past that, but my anxiety likes to kick that up so I end up not finishing anything.
I’m changing that now though. I started working on little things like drabbles around 100 words and finishing them. From there I increased the word count and started to finish that, until I finished a story of around 50,000 words. I think the easiest part for me is starting it. I can start a lot of stories and I can work with them to the middle too. I just have to learn to start finishing what I start. I wonder if other authors have problems starting stories, but can easily finish them. Or can they work the middle out, but the ending is difficult.
What is it for you guys?
Can you start or finish?