There are two a additional problems I would like to address in this series. Problem four deals with remaining focused until a project is completed.
How many times have all of us started a project ... it goes well for a few days or weeks, then we lose interest and jump to a new project (short story, article, novel, poem, anything). Over time we have dozens of projects that have been started but never finished.
We all need to focus on our writing. I'm not saying we can't do more than one project at a time, I often have three projects going at the same time, but I keep working on them. The key is to chose a day each week to work on one of multiple projects, until they are finished. It is called focus and time management.
The formula for success is simple. The first step is to make a list of what you need to get done for each project and establish the priority for each item.
Step two is to place each priority in its proper place for each week. Don't hop from one project to another every day. Focus on your goal.
The second step is to allow an appropriate amount of time for each step and concentrate on completing the required work on time.
The third step is easy. Check your 'completed' box as you make progress. You should feel proud that you have continued to move forward on your project or projects.
When the job is done, the fourth step is to reward yourself.
I will be honest, I have an 'ongoing file' that has stories, ideas for novels and other writing projects that date back several years. However, I chose a new goal the beginning of this year. For every new story I create, I select something from the ongoing file and complete the work. It was a simple goal, but working. Several stories in my second book have grown from a paragraph or two and are now completed works in my upcoming second book of short stories. One of those old projects is now being edited and will be an e-short story sometime this spring.
I am following my own advice and am rewarded by the progress being made in my writing.
Keep up the good work.
Part 5 is coming soon.