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FINISH THE BOOK

Those three words were one of the most important pieces of writing advice I heard while I learned the craft of fiction writing.  They were also words I managed to ignore for a long time. 

I read that advice in books on writing.  Speakers emphasized it at workshops.  Writers in my RWA chapter agreed.  I particularly remember one workshop led by successful author.  She said she’d written partial manuscripts of something like ninety stories that she’d started and never finished before she finally realized she’d never get published if she kept going that same route.

That number astonished me.  Yet I still, somehow, didn’t take it to heart.  Starting a new story with new characters is a whole lot more fun than slogging through to the end of one you’ve worked on for a long time.  And, like many of us, I had various life issues thrown at me on a regular basis that would cause me to shove a story aside while I dealt with it. Trying to get back into it six months later seemed much harder than just starting fresh with a new one.

I might have ended up with ninety unfinished stories of my own if I hadn’t been lucky enough to be handed a powerful motivation to finally write until I reached ‘The End.‘  After entering a contest and winning, an agent loved the partial and asked to see the full manuscript.  But of course I didn’t have one.  Not even close.  So I yanked up my bootstraps and worked hard to make it happen.  And...surprise!  I learned things from the experience I had never learned writing numerous partials, and could never learn any other way.

 Things like how to truly pull together a story arc that works, and a character arc that’s convincing.  I discovered there are amazing moments where words and events fall onto the page that I had no idea were going to happen.  I learned how to work through those times when I didn’t know what the heck should happen next.  And I learned that a first draft is just a start, and that it always needs a lot more work in revision.

I didn’t sell that book, though after yet another revision, I just might one day.  But it doesn’t really matter.  Because finishing it taught me I could do it, and made me feel proud that I’d reached that milestone.  It motivated me to do it again to see what I’d learn next.  And writing a complete novel was the next, important step toward the goal of publication I’d wanted for so long.

Don’t wait to be motivated by an agent or editor request like I did.  Be motivated by your desire to get better at writing.  If you’re in the midst of a story, keep going and promise yourself you won’t stop.  If you’re not, start one, then run that marathon until you cross the finish line.  It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be done.  I promise you’ll grow, you’ll be proud, and you’ll want to do it again. 

After completing a degree in journalism, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her ‘awakening’. While on vacation, lying in the sun with a beach read, she realized she wanted to write the romance novels she'd loved since her teens.

 

Robin loves pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters! When she's not writing, Robin's life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.

 

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FLIRTING WITH DR. OFF-LIMITS
Flirting with the forbidden… 

For intern Dr. Katy Pappas, seeing delectable surgeon Alec Armstrong again is sweet torture! He might have rejected her after their sinfully delicious kiss years before, but he still sets her pulse racing!
Alec is captivated by gorgeous, grown-up Katy. But as his best friend's sister, a colleague and his student, Katy is definitely off-limits! He's made the mistake of mixing business with pleasure before, and he won't risk Katy's career. Yet can he resist the oh-so-wrong when it feels oh-so-right…?

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38 comments:

  1. I hear about people who start tons of stories they never finish. Not me. I have a file of story ideas, but I'm too OCD to set one aside that I've started in earnest. LOL

    Nice premise. Good luck with the book. :)

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    1. Hmm...I thought I replied already, but I'm not seeing it! Sorry if it shows up twice! But..good for you, Melissa! Thanks so much for your well-wishes.

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  2. Great advice! I have no trouble finishing a first draft -- but then I always procrastinate on all the necessary edits...

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    1. Isn't it interesting how different we all are, Deniz? I love to edit. I often find editing more enjoyable than slogging through that first draft. Well, except for the book I had to completely tear apart, rearrange, rewrite the end...and that book would be my newest release I'm giving away :-) But when it was all done, I'd learned a lot from that too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Wonderful advice, Robin! There is really nothing better than finishing that very first draft and knowing that you can reach "the end."

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    1. It's really true, Cherie! But like many things in life, sometimes it takes a long time to get there. Then we look back and think "Sure wish I'd done this sooner!" :-)

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  4. Good for you, Melissa! Glad you never got into my bad habits :-) Thanks for your well-wishes!

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  5. Completing a story after an agent requests it - now that is pressure!

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    1. I admit I did freak out a bit, Diane! But there's nothing like the motivation of a request (or a deadline!) to light a fire under us, is there? :-)

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  6. This is something I see so many of my writing friends deal with--and it's a really important one! Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Meradeth! Obviously, not everyone experiences this, but you're right, many do. I have a good friend I sometimes critique with who is a talented writer, but has yet to finish a ms, always moving on to a new story despite my nagging! :-)

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  7. This is so true! It can be easy to get bogged down in social media, or sidetracked from an ms when it's not so new and shiny anymore. You have to keep pressing onward!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Lexa! So easy to get sidetracked or interrupted, and the next thing you know, weeks or months have gone by. When it would happen to me, I'd eventually try to get back into the ms and it felt like climbing a mountain, I was so distanced from the story and characters by then. So I've learned to never go too long without at least opening the story, reading a bit of what I last wrote, then writing more, even if it's just one page. Part of your pressing onward!

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  8. This is wonderful advice! I need to take this to heart on a few projects I've laid aside. Nice to meet you, Robin! Thanks Nas, for hosting!

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  9. Great advice! You just have to keep writing!

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    1. It's as simple as that, isn't it, Karen? And yet not at all simple! :-)

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    2. Oh, goodness, I meant to say the above to Sherry. Erg. Teen son distracted me! Thanks for your comment, Sherry! xoxo

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  10. Excellent advice! Every stage of writing needs practice and finishing is a biggie!

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    1. Jemi, I honestly didn't realize the degree of study and practice that I, for one, needed to learn the craft of fiction writing. Finishing is, indeed, a biggie, and I still learn something new every time I accomplish that. Thanks for your post :-)

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  11. Nice to meet you too, Karen! Thanks for stopping by (and can I just say in an aside that I'm reeaaally frustrated that my pic used to come up on these posts, but now the blog world won't let me, no matter what I do? *sigh*) Taking a breath and moving on..:-)

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  12. Hi Robin! Yes, me too. Then I saw an interview with Margaret Attwood who said: 'Finish the book!' I have five incomplete mss, so had trouble deciding which one to finish, so chose the last one, figuring it should be the best.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Denise :)

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    1. Yay for you, Denise!! It sounds like perhaps you haven't gotten to 'the end' yet - I'd love to hear from you when you do to tell me about your experience. Best of luck!

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  13. Great advice! You do realize at some point that our writing is the only part of this we CAN control and you learn to focus on making each book better. I am finding that is more the case the more books I write!

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    1. I agree with you, Stephanie! How much time we give to our writing and the quality of each book are the two most important things to focus on, and the only things that are really in our hands alone. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Good advice, Robin.
    So many people aspire to write a novel but don't get to the finish line.

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    1. Exactly, J.L. And as I said before, it doesn't have to be a good novel - just finished to learn all you can for your next attempt. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Maybe someone else has already said this, but my philosophy has always been 'don't get it right, get it written'! Once you've finished you can go back and get it right. I so agree with what you've written here, Robin. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Val! I think we do put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get it 'right' as we work (and I'm still guilty of that) but I agree with you that getting it written first is the most important thing we can do.

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  16. Good advice. I learn best by doing, and finishing a project stretches those writing muscles. We can always clean it up later.

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    1. I think we all learn by doing, don't we, Milo? And doing three chapters over and over isn't helping us learn new things or stretch those muscles you talk about :-) Prolific author Nora Roberts is famous for saying "I can fix anything but a blank page." I appreciate your stopping by!

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  17. I totally agree that it is important to finish. Even if we don't love the way we ended things- we can always go back and revise and edit. I know I have gone back and completely changed the ending before- but at least I had a sense of accomplishment at being done- and I had something to work with. :)

    Best of luck to Robin!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I love this quote from author Robert Cormier - "The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon." Yep! :-)

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  18. Greta post and awesome advice, Robin! Congratulations on teh release!

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  19. It's so easy to give up when writing, because there's almost always a moment when youwriting becomes tough and you get stuck. But I learned that it's always possible to finish a book, no matter how stuck you are sometimes.

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    1. And I believe that's one of the most important lessons we writers can learn - belief in ourselves, that we really can do it. Thanks for your comment, Vanessa!

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  20. Finishing a book makes a huge difference and really does put us onto the path to publication.

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    1. It really does, Lynda, and I regret not making that happen sooner. At the same time, I realize that some of us need a longer journey to finally get to that point! Thanks for your comment :-)

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