What If I Never Finish My Novel?

Finishing a novel is no easy feat.

It may sound like writers decide to write a novel, sit down for a few nights over coffee and cumpet or port and cheese but really writing is a hard slog and anyone who takes writing seriously will know there is more to writing than having this "aha" moment of brilliance - an amazing idea that you just have to sit down and write over 30,000 words. It doesn't come that easy to most of us, believe me. 

No, for most writers the idea is actually the easy part. The hard part is the hours upon hours of writing then editing and editing and editing until the novel looks and reads how the writer imagined it [or not]. :)

Some of us will set out to achieve this feat, but many of us will not finish. And that's okay. Not everyone has to be a published author and not everyone has to feel badly about it either.

If, after some time in front of the computer you discover it's all a bit much - don't feel bad. Many very successful people quit many times before they find that one thing that's going to make a real difference in their lives.

So, if you feel like a failure because you started a novel and then didn't finish it. Don't feel too bad. BUT, don't give up on yourself either. There is something that you are made to do, you just haven't found your passion yet, that's all.  ;)

If it's just a bit of boredom, laziness, writer's block or whatever other excuses, then, that's okay. Put it aside and come back to it when you feel more in the frame of mind to tackle it.

Sometimes we need to push ourselves a bit harder and have the faith to believe we can accomplish what we set out to do. But, please do not beat yourself about the head because you don't seem to be able to do this thing as quickly or as professionally as someone else. It matters not in the big scheme of things.

Someone once said,

"It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all"

I think it was my mother who said that but she mis-quoted from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, In Memoriam, from the 1800s. My mother was often quoting this "person" or "that saying" and often mis-quoting. It was a thing she did - like burning the peas and the toast. 

I loved my mother for that and always will...

See ;)  it doesn't matter if you fail, someone will still love you.

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