In our hyper-induced state of overwork sometimes knowing what to say no to can lead to some relief. However stopping for the writer may also cause stasis which would have been avoided if we agreed beforehand to focus and plunge on. Or in other words to finish what we start.
Forget the new idea that seems to toy with you, from the periphery. It is only a distraction. Write it down it you must but then get back to work. Wrap your mind around the idea of bringing that current thing to fruition, because every step will bring you closer to mastery. Control. Self-confidence.
I am sure we all have drawers, shelves and folders of uncompleted work. But what if right now we decide that the project we are working on ‘now’ is relevant. What if for one minute we give ourselves the green light to focus on the work at hand. To bring it to a state of completion, doing away with the meddlesome voice in our head that is already searching for something better. Different. Or greater. Forget that irksome voice. The best thing you can do right now is to focus on the project in front of you. Bring it to fruition.
Yes, get into the habit of finishing what you start. Even if you have to resort to tricks, treats, mini-prizes, goals and mission statements. Nobody said it was going to be easy, so pace yourself. Train yourself for the long haul.
How? By breaking big projects down into smaller, more manageable ones. Choose to write between 500-1000 words so you don’t unwittingly cause yourself to freeze, and whenever necessary take a break, and as always all the best with your writing!