Sodaro's Stories

July 26, 2010

Beginning to Finish

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 10:28 pm

One of the biggest faults I have when it comes to my writing is my ability/desire to finish projects. My muse, beautiful though she may be, is incredibly fickle and when a project gets to the slower part, or nears the end, she has already gotten bored and wants to play with shinier, newer toys. She wants to start something new, which is fine…except that I have so many new projects, and I am not finishing any of them. There is a strange thing about getting published…evidently, it helps to finish something before you can send it out into the world. A friend told me once that I have more back burners than front ones…and I think he was right. And all too often it becomes a game of switching this to work on that, or letting this simmer a bit to play with this. My goal, as soon as I am able, is to FINISH things. To get my novels out into the world so that everyone can read them. I feel quite selfish, to be honest…I am the only one that has gotten to know my characters, and they are quite fabulous, if I do say so myself. So I need to introduce them to the world. I need to get them out there to be loved and hated, celebrated and commiserated…if I could change one thing about myself, it would be my level of excitement at the end of a project. But I can change, and I will…my characters and my stories deserve that.



  1. I agree that you do need to get your characters out there! I am still waiting for the next chapter to read!! You cant leave a reader hanging lol 🙂

    Comment by Jules — July 27, 2010 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

    • Gotta leave em wanting more…just kidding. I will get those chapters to you…I just need a little break.

      Comment by msodaro — July 27, 2010 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  2. Been there, done that. Hated myself for it 🙂

    Now I reward myself after each completed chapter. What the reward is doesn’t matter, and I change it to suit my mood each day.

    The important part is that each day I complete, or almost complete, at least one chapter – except for the last few words of the last sentence.

    I did this, too, when I realised publishers and agents want the full story 😉

    Comment by Liz Carmichael — July 31, 2010 @ 4:37 am | Reply

  3. Oops! That should be: I did this, too, until I realised… 😮

    Comment by Liz Carmichael — July 31, 2010 @ 4:39 am | Reply

    • yeah, one of my all-time favorite books on writing is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. She says the same thing. Don’t sit down and say you’re going to write a book…sit down and say you’re going to finish this chapter…that is manageable!!
      My rewards are usually ice cream…which is always motivational!

      Comment by msodaro — July 31, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

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