How do you motivate yourself to finish what you have started writing?
I once read a book by Stephen King on writing. I recommend this read. He gives you just a straight forward way of coming up with story ideas and how to plow through to the end. I enjoyed it very much and have employed some of his techniques with good success.
Sometimes I have to walk away from a piece and write a small ditty, then return to the original piece. One of my personal favorite tricks is to write with a small candle near by to aid in focusing. It really works!
Some pieces finish themselves, or cry out to be finished, and that is motivation enough for me. Other pieces (usually the ones I leave for a while) require me to find a place for them, such as a hub, or a story anthology. Then I use that as motivation to finish the piece. This is particularly true of pieces that I am polishing.
That said, I have dozens and dozens of fragments and unfinished pieces on scraps of paper on my desk as well as in files in my computer. Many of those pieces will not be finished or will be pulled into a bigger project that I will work on later.
I try to keep reading the things that got me motivated into writing it.
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