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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: START

 

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Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

Some people say starting is the hardest part.

I know it’s mostly true for me. Let’s be honest — finishing is hard, too.

I’m good at starting multiple things at once, then not finishing any of them. I’m guilty of this habit with books as well. I can start four or five books in a period of two or three weeks, then dip in and out of them without fully committing to finishing one at a time.

My writing life can be similar. Sometimes I get so excited about so many ideas all at once, and I get distracted by all the options. I may even start brainstorming or outlining a number of different projects, then never see them through to completion because I get another idea that sways my attention.

But sometimes starting really is the hardest part. Sometimes I overthink things to such a great extent that I persuade myself the effort is not worth it. I won’t succeed, so why even bother trying?

I let fear creep in and rule the day. I shrink from the work that would be required to do a good job, so I don’t do anything at all.

Can you relate?

Do you start many things and not finish, or not start at all?

What steps can we take to overcome the obstacles we face in this area, especially as writers?

Maybe some accountability would help. I’ve found that just speaking my ideas out loud to someone else helps a lot, especially if I ask them to follow up on me to see how I’m doing with my goals.

Do you have someone like that in your life?

If you’re struggling to get started or to finish what you’ve already begun, take some time this week to prioritize your goals, then share them with someone else. Ask them to check up with you every now and then (or every week) to see how you’re doing. Then just start.

 

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