Have you been staring at the screen for what feels like hours, trying to find the perfect words to finish your book? You know you should just write “the end” and be done with it, but the thought of ending your manuscript is bringing up all sorts of fears and doubts.
As someone who also struggles with perfectionism, I know all too well that writing “the end” can feel like a huge milestone. It can bring up questions like, what if my book isn’t good enough? What if I missed something important? What if I could have done better?
But the truth is, there will never be a perfect time to finish writing. Perfectionism is just another form of procrastination, and it may be what’s holding you back from achieving your goals. So, I’ve come up with a few strategies to help you overcome your fear of finishing your book.
How To Finish Your Book
- Embrace Imperfection
As a perfectionist, it can be hard to let go of the idea of perfection. But the reality is, nothing in life is perfect, and that’s okay. By accepting that imperfection is a part of the creative process, you can start to let go of your fear and focus on how to finish your book.
- Celebrate Small Wins
Instead of focusing on the end goal, try to focus on the small wins along the way. Did you write a particularly poignant chapter? Did you finally figure out how to tie up that loose end? Celebrate those victories and use them as motivation to keep going.
- Set Realistic Goals
When you’re struggling with perfectionism, it can be tempting to set unrealistic goals for yourself. But setting achievable goals can help you build momentum and keep you moving forward. Try breaking your manuscript down into smaller sections and set realistic deadlines for each one.
- Allow Yourself to Edit Later
One of the biggest challenges of finishing a manuscript is the fear of it not being perfect. But remember, you can always edit later. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and focus on getting your thoughts down on paper.
- Find an Accountability Partner
Having someone to hold you accountable can be a powerful motivator. Find a writing partner or a coach who can help you stay on track and provide support when you’re feeling discouraged.
Finishing Your Manuscript
By embracing imperfection, celebrating small wins, setting realistic goals, allowing yourself to edit later, and finding an accountability partner, you can overcome your fear of finishing and finally write “the end” on your manuscript.