4 Tips to Finishing Creative Projects For People Who Find Finishing Hard





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  1. Beautiful congratulations and thanks for sharing the wonderful amazing insightful truly creative lioness you are; definitely not a scaredy-cat πŸ™‚ xx

  2. I love reading your blogs and cannot wait for yours and Franco’s book! Super excited for you two πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Candice! I can’t wait to share it too. Franco’s a creative powerhouse and it was awesome working with him. And do you know… only five minutes ago we were sent the typeset draft to look through to make final changes. Fun stuff.

  3. It is crazy!….I was pondering about this exact issue….about a painting and here I got this in my inbox!
    Thanks for sharing this. Makes a big difference in my world and I am sure in others
    Thanks again

    • Awesome:) Happy to help! It can be a bit of a mind game can’t it. It always happens for me like this, I finish something and become convinced it’s terrible. How i see things changes instantly. The blinking switch! Happy painting!

  4. Congratulations Lisa! (Franco too)
    Looking forward to reading your book. I love your notes and blog.
    xo :-] Licia

    • Thanks Licia. I really am so excited to share the book. It’s odd, but sweet. (I might tell Penguin they can use that “Odd but sweet.”). Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi:)

  5. Very cool! Exciting! I am a scaredy finisher too. When I wrote my first book (first FINISHED) one it was so awesome! Now I have to finish the second one…it’s still difficult. πŸ™ Thanks for sharing <3

    • Congratulations on finishing your first book! Encouraging to hear the second is the same. Though wouldn’t it be nice if it weren’t. Ha. Best of luck!!

  6. Thanks Lisa, I needed to see this today (I don’t always have time to read them sshhhh). I’m planning something really big in my life and I keep getting diverted to other really important things, like my dog needs a walk or my dishes need doing, you know, the IMPORTANT things. So, hearing that lots of people feel this way, especially you. I’m going to do it anyway. I Am. Thanks!

  7. Hey congratulations on the new book ?. I love reading your posts as I’m real into learning more about our minds myself. I’ve always wanted to be a professional dancer or be in a dancing group on stage!!! But I’m too scared to get started or don’t have time…. scaredy cat lol.

    • Oooh, that sounds like fun! For me, the fear is super real. I’m really not exaggerating with this article. But the more I do it, the more I see that what I’m most fearful of is usually the best stuff. Go dance!!

  8. Congratulationsssss! That must feel so good.

    My terrible truth is…I have only finished two first drafts of books. And revising is so hard! So I don’t know how I’m EVER gong to finish any story, or be published (besides one short story), EVER!

    But I’m going to just keep trying, and keep writing. And when I get to the end…I’ll hit this article back up, to squash my fear, ’cause this article is GREAT!

    Thank you.

    • Thank you! It does feel good . Well, now it does:)

      Congratulations to you too!! Two full drafts.That’s a big deal. And you’ve done the hardest bit. So yes, just keep going and you’ll get there!

      I know what you mean about editing though. You get something that you like the gist of, but it’s filled with areas that aren’t quite right. It’s like doing a puzzle. A big, tricky puzzle. I don’t know if this will help, but something that Franco and I found helpful with our book was we realized that if we put in the time we’d be guided to what was the right thing to do. The more we saw this happen, the more we relaxed about it. We learned that we didn’t have to intellectually solve everything, often if we let a problem mull around and we took a break, we’d get a snippet of an idea, which if we followed turned into a solution.

      We also printed the book out and had it on our walls, so we could see bits of it getting stronger, gaps being filled in, and stuff being cleaned out. Our is illustrated and doesn’t have many words per page and maybe it wouldn’t work with purely prose, but it REALLY helped. We could see the whole thing, but also when we fixed a page, we’d just focus on that and feel good about that. Ha ha, two of us working all day and at the end of it, we had one more page done. But do that enough times, and wallah, it’s done!

      Thanks for your note! Keep going! Love to hear how it’s going:))


  9. As usual, you hit the major sore points again and what a great reminder for us ‘Creative’ people. I’m so grateful to follow your newsletter and have just bought more calm cards to give to my Mother. Much appreciated your insights. Thank you Lisa.


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