Last Monday was a pretty awesome evening.
I plotted out the final scene for the next story I plan to write.
In the year since the hard truth, I’ve tried to put everything I’ve learned about story structure into this one and I’m quite happy with the results. I daydreamed all day yesterday about the potential I see in my outline. That’s when it occurred to me that it’s been a year since I’ve finished anything writerly.
Plenty of ideas have come out of my head and some have even made it to the planning stages. Have I followed any of these through to Done? Nope. In fact, I got into such a cycle of always working on Something, I forgot the exhilarating feeling of Done. I know, how could anyone forget that feeling?
There are tons of reasons and all of them are just variations of self-sabotage. For me, the reasons are kind of irrelevant because once I figure out the cause of one, another easily takes its place. All of them keeping me so busy working on Something, that I don’t realize I’m running in place. What does it matter if I read a stack of craft books or write cool blog posts or have these amazing ideas if none of it leads to Done? Well, Monday reminded me that Somethings only kick ass when you’ve got your eye firmly planted on Done.
Every book I read, every movie or TV show I watch, every song I listen to, are examples of people achieving Done. And that’s just in entertainment. Look around and there are examples of Done everywhere.
There’s a temptation to outline a different Something because the Done outline is, well, done. But the bigger picture of Done isn’t complete and I have to remember that. I want to take this outline and write it into a book. It’s okay if it’s not good and needs massive revisions. Needing revisions means I brought that draft to Done. It doesn’t matter if I decide to scrap it after a first draft. At least I brought it to Done and have valuable lessons to take with me for the next idea. The point is to follow through once I start.
Are you drowning in Somethings vying for your attention? I know the feeling, but I made a deal with the loudest Something to make it into Done. Do the same and tell the rest to just wait their turn.