Last week we wrapped up our first-ever Finishing School.
Devised by Cary Tennis in 2013, "Finishing School" is a workshop, a book, and a support group that exposes the factors that keep us from getting our work done.
It's actually quite simple.
- You outline a project you want to finish.
- You meet with like-minded folk once a week over the span of four weeks.
- You block off time to do your stuff.
- You text your accountability partner when you start and when you finish.
- You finish!
Sometimes we got stuck. (And that's when the book came in handy.) Sometimes we had a crisis of faith. (And that's when the group swooped in to support us.)
But mostly? We bounded and leaped and grew and FINISHED what we said we'd finish.
Here's what our group learned this time around:
Simplify—the work, the life, the scope of the project.
I realized the need to read other’s work along with writing and how that will help the craft of writing.
If this is something I want to do, I need to be intentional.
I need to outline the tools I need to get work done: clearing time, saying no, respecting the deadline.
I need to plan my writing time. On Sundays I look at the week ahead and plug in time into the calendar.
I’m learning to own the little steps that I make.
The support of the group kept me going.
My house is a disaster but I’m getting more done.
I remembered how much fun I have writing.
I learned that I am a planner and not a “seat-of-my-pants” writer.
If you don’t fill out the form, it doesn’t work very well.
It was helpful to have an accountability partner, whether or not they were accomplishing their goals.
It was helpful to realize some days just aren’t writing days.
I’m honoring that I’m reaching for this project.
I have to carve out the time to write.
I can own being a writer.