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Commit to completion
I looked through my Dropbox files the other day at all the projects I've started over the last five years. There are more than just a few, I was actually surprised at how many ideas I seem to have conjured from my imagination.
However, I can count on one hand the amount of stories that I have actually completed to a satisfying finish. For whatever reason I lose interest in the story, or my doubts over how good the idea is start to surface and I abandon it.
Despite being highly unproductive, it also pushes my writing morale further south than I'd like it to. One thing I need to get better at is finishing a project, committing myself to it until it's in a submittable state.
Doing my Open University studies in creative writing has helped hugely, the fixed deadlines for each assignment mean I have to get my stories in on time. And it's a satisfying feeling to know that I've actually finished something properly.
Not only that, I have a few stories that I can send out to places now. So, my advice to you (and myself) would be to make sure you finish something, even when your interest in it wanes. You may need to leave it for a day or two, but no longer or there is a risk of it falling off your creative radar.
Just give it a go and tell me it's not satisfying ...