2: It's rude to come and climb off.
Ever get halfway through fooling around with a hottie only to have s/he say (with tears, probably, there's always fucking tears--I think they come in place of ejaculation) "I just can't."
They probably added, "It's not you. It's me."
Actually, I'm just yanking your chain. It's not you. It's SO them.
But guess what? You don't finish your story? THAT is all you, bitch.
Whatever it takes, keep trucking down the long road with The End a gleam in your eye. Do whatever it takes. Some people have to write through to the end and never look back. Some people (ahem) have to reread what they wrote yesterday before they can move on. Some people write thousands of shitty words a day. Some people (ahem) write 500 fucking golden words a day.
Oh yeah, gimme your excuses, your tired, your hungry, your poor... whatever. We all leave dangling plotlines on our hard drives. But if they far outnumber the finished ones, then you gotta problem, son, and it ain't yer looks. Real writers finish what they start.
A few ideas on how to actually finish? Um, here's one: there's this thing called a plot? Heard of that, ever? I know. Old-fangled notion. So sue me. I'm 45 in a day or so. While you're trying to figure out what to get me for my birthday, read STORY for more info.
Oh noes! you say. Plotting kills my creativitay!
I call bullshit. I bet a case of beer you didn't actually try it. You didn't think. You didn't stretch. You didn't throw out the first five ideas of what happens next. You didn't work out The Worst Thing That Could Happen. You didn't stare out the window and get busted for "napping." And even if you did actually manage to write some semblance of a plot, you forgot to write the damn story.
Some writers (ahem) write a tagline, a query, and then a vague synopsis no one understands but herself. Some folks plot halfway through drafting (I know an award winning, best selling author who does that). And sure, some souls pantz it (I know an award winning, best selling author who does that). (Actually, I know more than one.)
Those people are not you. If you're stuck on finishing something, anything, give yourself a roadmap and a deadline and
Oh? What's that? Plotting takes the fun out of it, you say?
Sex never said writing is fun. It's soul-scratching, orgasmic, needful, and heady, maybe. But shit ain't fun. I'm pretty sure I said something like that yesterday.
But ya wanna know what IS fun?
Typing The Fucking End.