How to Finish your Work-in-Progress

Recently, I had a major Writing Slump and shared a post on How to Get out of a Writing Slump, so I thought I’d make a Part 2 now that I’m cured (hurrah!) and let you guys know how I found the motivation to finish my WIP and launch my first online book, Dean & Lily – Season One.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

-Mark Twain

1. Stop writing entirely.

This may sound counterproductive. (It’s also a direct contradiction to that awesome Twain quote I just shared.) But taking a few days off writing, allowing yourself to miss it as much as possible, and the characters to haunt each of your dreams, will make you feel so much more grateful the next time you find yourself in front of a blank page. After a week of not writing down a single word, my fingers were aching for my keyboard, and I dove right into my story without wasting a single minute scrolling down Facebook’s feed.

So if you’re struggling to finish it, just stop trying for a little bit.

breaktime

2. Remember why your WIP (and writing in general) is important to you.

Write it down. Make a vision board. Spend an entire day reminding yourself why this matters. Do it right now. Take a piece of paper and answer these questions:

  1. When did I start writing this project?
  2. When do I want to finish it?
  3. What pushed me to start writing it?
  4. Why do I want to be a writer?
  5. How would I feel if I never finished this story?
  6. How would I feel if I knew that a complete stranger, somewhere in the world, actually took a moment to read my words?
  7. What the hell am I waiting for?
  8. HONESTLY WHAT AM I WAITING FOR?
  9. Am I scared?

(Which brings us to my next point…)

3. Send your fears to hell.

harley quinn

Yes, it’s scary to picture yourself staring at that sharing button and thinking that nobody will bother reading the lines that you spent months and months perfecting. That nobody will care about the characters that you created and love probably as much as your unborn children (or is that just me?).

But you have to take a brainyquote moment and remember that:

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

-Jack Canfield

So if nobody reads it, so what?

I’ll be splendidly honest, I didn’t sell a thousand copies of my book the moment I launched it. I made precisely one sale–to my best-friend. A week ago that was precisely my biggest fear when I thought about releasing my baby to the scary universe of the internet.

But honestly, it’s really not that big a deal.

It doesn’t change the fact that I worked really hard on this story and that I still love it so much. I’m so freaking proud of it!

(In my humble opinion, it’s freaking awesome. Honestly, go check it out.)

4. Build a routine and stick to it like your life depends on it.

And if you’re a little bit like me, your life kind of does depend on it. When I picture myself on my deathbed with zero published stories to my account, I want to bury myself in a hole and scream myself mute. (That’s how much I want this.)

So now that you took a break, remembered why you want to do this, and took the wise decision to hit your fears in the crotch with a nail bat, you can finally sit down and finish your story.

No matter what.

youcandothis

 

Doubts are seeds to procrastination. F*ck them.

-Audrey Writes Abroad


That’s it for me!

I hope this helps you if you’re struggling to finish your WIP!

And if you have other tips, let me know in the comment!

Let’s all share and talk and be awesome!


Did I mention I launched an online book?

No?

Silly me!

Well if you like young adult and dystopia,
click on the link below!

Dean & Lily – Season One

Dean & Lily blog banner

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