Finish It. That’s All.


Sometimes I think there’s only one piece of writing advice. “Finish it.” Finish the novel, finish the short story, finish something and then edit it or move on to the next thing and learn something new.

I don’t care if it’s bad. You can’t do anything with a story that’s in scattered fragments. And if “finishing” means discarding a piece that’s beyond repair, and starting on something new which you are able to finish, that works, too. I did that with two novels in a row.

You can’t get anywhere as a professional writer if you never finish anything. Or finish with anything.

Finish something. Just one thing. Worry about the rest later.

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Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

2 replies on “Finish It. That’s All.”

  1. The Mortal Kombat chant is going through my head — "Finish him!"

    People like to say, every writer's process is their own and do what works for you. I like to add "once you've hit The End once" to that. :)

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