On Tumblr, someone said:
Hey there! I just stumbled across your writing on the explore page and I’m one of those people that loves to write but has to add EVERY SINGLE detail in their story and I never get to finish them. Do you have any tips for me?
I think I have the opposite problem. But let me see what I can come up with.
Again these are just my suggestions. Adapt accordingly.
Exploit your love.
Your love for writing, your love of a character, your love for details. You get the idea. I think we underestimate what we do in the name of love. The more you love your story, the more reasons you have for finishing it. So find what you love about what you’re doing and don’t let yourself forget why you started in the first place.
Make a plan.
Or an outline. Whatever you want to call it. Have an idea of where you want your story to go, what direction it needs to go in. So even if you need to include a lot of details and make many stops along the way, you’ll get there eventually. That’s the hope anyway.
Get from A to B.
Narrow it down. Get super specific. What needs to happen in this scene? Who says what? Then don’t get up from your seat until you finish said scene. Until you get from point A to point B. Well, make sure your characters do.
Write the end first.
Even if you only have a vague, general idea. Get it down anyway. Then maybe you can work backwards. That way even if you do get caught up in the details, you’ll have an end goal. You have something to reach for.
Try to decide whether the detail is necessary before you write it in. Refrain from including what isn’t important, so you can focus on what is. Remember you don’t have to get it right the first time around. You can have many drafts and revisions. The details can be worked out later, added in after. Concentrate on getting at least the bare bones of your story down first.
If you love detailing, do it. It’s your writing, your life. You have your own voice and style. Let it happen. If it works for you, great. If it doesn’t, change it. But allow whatever happens while you’re writing to happen naturally.
Finish before you start again.
I don’t care what you have to do in order to finish. All those details are useless if you don’t. Think of the time, energy, and work you put into your stories and characters. Are you really going to throw it away? That’s a waste. What a shame.
Know when to draw the line.
Then draw the line.
Sorry I took a few days to answer. I’m a terrible blogger and writer. Don’t listen to me.
Happy writing and finishing your stories!
Feel free to ask me something else I won’t answer for several days.