The Importance of Finishing What You Start

One thing writing has taught me is the importance of finishing what you start. Everyone can benefit from this lesson, not just writers. I have a lot of unfinished works on my hard drive but writing isn’t the only thing I have a hard time finishing.

I’ve started knitting. So far I’ve finished two scarfs and half a washcloth. I still use the half washcloth but it is half the size the pattern called for. However I’ve started and unraveled countless projects so far. Right now I have two separate projects going at once, one another scarf and something called a spa towel. I’m already tempted to start another washcloth but I’m refraining until the towel is done. So what right? Who cares if I finish what I start knitting wise. It’s all practice right? Only its hard to see how I’ve improved if I keep undoing my work. Plus I’m trying to give these things as presents for Christmas and I don’t just want to give unknitted yarn.

So being stuck I made some goals for December, easily achievable and recordable. I’m going to finish the unfinished projects on my hard drive. This includes five flash fiction stories (less than 500 words needed for each), one novelette (about 3k-6k left), and 3 short stories, all of them only needing an ending. Boy I suck at endings.

I already know that I’m not sure how many of these projects, especially the flash fiction are even going to make it to revision. The passion on them has been lost since they’ve sat untouched for months. However dispassionate I feel, I need to finish them. I’ll learn from the finished project and I’ll know at that time whether they will ever see the light of publication.

I’m not just going to begin where I left off, instead I’m going to read each piece through from beginning to end and then write. I may even do some planning on the endings, though I already have the ending planned for both the novelette and the short stories. It’s the flash fiction that I have no idea where I’m going with.

This is one of the reasons I started blogging. To have the satisfaction of something finished, even if its just a blog post.  There are a lot of reasons why I blog actually, but that’s a subject for a different post.

Who else has problems finishing what they start, not necessarily just writing projects? Do you abandon them or come back later? What motivates you to finish what you start?

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Baby Knitters

So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to teach myself how to knit. I bought a beginner’s knitting book, some yarn and a knitting needle. At first, I was terrible. I could not do anything. The book was confusing, my yarn was tangled and the needles pricked. However with the help of a couple of other books and youtube (love youtube now)

Now a couple of weeks later, I’ve knitted my first scarf:

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The point of all this is that even when something is hard, harder than you think you can accomplish, success is still possible. You just have to be willing to put in the work.

I’ve knitted every day since that first day. Eventually I could cast on and knit my first stitch. Now I can purl as well and I’m starting to learn the other stitches.  I don’t spend a lot of time on it, but a few rows here and there add up and I am getting better.

Beware I might post about my knitting here and there, just to warn you!

How I learned to knit with Stitch and Bitch

Another good resource for knitting

Does anyone else have knitting resources they want to share?