Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done

By Cary Tennis, Danelle Morton
All too many people start a writing project with grand ambitions but reach a crisis of completion. Finishing School helps writers reignite the passion that started them on the project in the first place and work steadily to get it done.
Untold millions of writing projects begun with hope and a little bit of hubris lie abandoned in desk drawers, in dated files on computer desktops, and in the far reaches of the mind. Too often, writers get tangled in self-abuse their self-doubt, shame, yearning for perfection, and even arrogance get in the way. In Finishing School, Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton help writers overcome these emotional blocks and break down daunting projects into manageable pieces.
Tennis first convened a Finishing School so that writers could help one another stay on track and complete their work. Since they weren t actually critiquing one another s writing, there was no jockeying for the title of best writer or the usual writing group politics; there was only a shared commitment to progress. Without guilt, blame, and outside critique, students were more productive than they imagined possible. Through this program, they were able to complete novels that they d been struggling with for almost two decades, finish screenplays drafts, and revive interest in long-neglected PhD theses. In this book, the authors share this proven and easily replicable technique, as well as their own writing success stories."

"There are lots of 'How to Write a Book' books. Many of them make you wish you were a plumber. The authors of Finishing School, a unique and genuinely helpful guide to actually completing that magnum opus drawing dust on your cluttered desk, help you remember why it is you wanted to write your book and understand the long and challenging work of sustaining a project through pesky blocks, the loss of energy and enthusiasm, the omnipresent fear of not getting it right, and crippling deadline pressure. Tennis and Morton are writers; they feel our pain. More importantly they get the pleasure of creation and know how to instill it in those who have lost their way. This book helped me." --George Hodgman, author of Bettyville This book insightfully pinpoints the importance of time budgeting and management, and of setting reasonable expectations for completion. . . . its advice and methodology will be useful for countless writers and would-be writers, and for people wanting to complete unfinished projects of any kind. --Publishers Weekly"


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ISBN: 9780399184703

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Publisher Tarcherperigee
Publish date 01/10/2017
Pages 272
ISBN-13 9780399184703
ISBN-10 0399184708
Language English

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