I ended things by printing off every single writing project I had ever started. Although some were near completion, not one single idea had formulated into a finished piece.
The past several days I have spent time going through my projects. I knew it was time to resurrect some of these projects to life. But it was also time to bury a few.
Let me tell you, this wasn’t easy. But I knew it was the only way to make 2013 a year of actually accomplishing something. It’s as if these projects and ideas were off to the side taunting me. “See, you can’t finish anything!”
Finishing doesn’t necessarily mean picking up where I left off. It could mean letting things go. And that’s just what I did.
I had to bury (permanently get rid of) some projects that I knew would never go anywhere. And if I don’t say so myself, some of these were good ideas.
Yet they had been left unfinished for a year, five years and some as long as a decade. I had to get a grip on reality.
I tossed more than I kept. But I didn’t just throw out the hard copies I had printed. I deleted the document off my computer and then emptied my trash bin so I couldn’t change my mind.
I sat there for a moment. It was gone. The words would never come back. It felt painful. I suppose when you bury something, it’s supposed to.
Yet with death comes life. And that’s what I will be talking about in my next blog. What to do with the writing projects that weren’t buried.
© 2012, Stephanie Romero