I remember doing one of those personality tests years ago and I remember ignoring the results. It was something like…I was good at starting and investigating things but poor on completion i.e. finishing.
So when I struggled to finish the second draft (second attempt at second draft) of my second novel (note: first novel still needs to be re-written and third novel draft to be finished) that I noticed that for the first half of the draft I was flying along with the words and ideas and, hey, life was great, it was a breeze…
But then, when I had to bring it to a conclusion, I seemed to hit wall after wall of self-doubt that I could do it.
So how did I call time and bring a halt to that stuttering of thought…how did I get myself to write the next word, the next sentence, and the ones after that?
I told myself that I can do this. I have been doing this.
To breathe in deeply.
Remind myself; Believe. Listen. Trust.
Believe in me.
Listen to me.
Trust in me.
Told myself, I will be a finisher. I am a finisher. End of.
And then got back to the writing….