Why Can’t I Finish Writing a Story? by Isadora Felix - Usa
Why Can’t I Finish Writing a Story?
I can’t finish a story. That’s it, I can’t finish writing a book. This makes me so frustrated because I can never finish a story. How do you actually finish a story?!
Hands up if this is you.
Why I can’t finish what I write? I start, write some pages or chapters, it is all fun and games, and then I give the story up or I can’t continue at all. I am blocked.
Every writer has been through that. The feeling of being stuck. Thinking ‘I can’t write a story’, ‘why can’t I finish a book?’, feeling you are not able to finish a story. Most people that start a story never finish it.
1- You are blocked. You have the writer’s block. And you would do anything to get rid of it.
The first one is that you really are blocked. In this case, you can try some of the writer’s block cure that I wrote about in this article. It will help you to cure that block and get on with the story. It has a great writing prompt that will sure help you and it will also explain why you are feeling like this.
2- You don’t know how to continue:
You knew what to do, but now you are stuck. In this case, what you need is to OUTLINE the story.
It will help you to keep it going.
By outlining, you will know exactly what happens in EVERY scene, so I PROMISE you that you will finish that story.
This happens because you already went through the trouble of outlining everything, summarizing each chapter and planning amazing characters and ambiance.
Although you might get stuck and get a bit of a writer’s block due to laziness or fear of failing (it is ABSOLUTELY normal), you might as well get through it and finish it because you stop being confused when you outline, you know exactly how to continue and how things are going.
You can learn to outline here. It has a downloadable story outline worksheet to help you or you can read about how to create a novel step by step.
3- YOU DON’T LOVE YOUR STORY
Now I have to love my story? Can’t I write about anything I want?
Yes, yes, you can write about anything.
But you have to love it.
No, even worse, I might say that you have to be OBSESSED WITH IT.
The reason is simple: it is something that you will be working on for hours. I mean, a lot of hours. 300h hours. Even more. Years of hard work. You can take up to two hours to write 2000 words and many, many more to edit them.
Also, you will be thinking about your story when you are not writing it. You will be thinking about how your characters would react in a situation that you are in real life.
Or at least, you should be thinking about that.
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