I used to joke I had only knit three socks. Not three pairs. Three socks.
My first pair came together rather quickly. Excited by the outcome, I began a second pair in a lovely reddish-pink Colinette Jitterbug yarn. I completed one sock, got started on the second and promptly moved on to other projects. That was in March 2009. This is called second-sock syndrome. And it has a lot of victims.
Earlier this fall, I grabbed that sad partial sock and took it to a football game. Oregon State lost, but I regained my sock knitting mojo and completed sock #2 later that week. Now I can brighten my feet–and my outlook–during the rainy winter.
So how does this relate to writing? As a novelist, it’s rare to get to the finish line. Completing a stalled knitting project lent me that joy of creation and that boost of knowing I had actually accomplished something.
Today’s challenge is intended to banish any writing ghosts and get your positivity flowing. Here it is: Go finish something. It doesn’t have to be writing related–you can pick a project that’s been hanging over your head for a while, such as organizing the top of your closet or finally putting up the chair rail in your kitchen (ahem). Or choose a story or a poem that you set aside a while ago and revise it.
It’s a great feeling to finish something.