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Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done
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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.
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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.
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        October 3, 2016
        Tennis, a former Salon columnist, and journalist Morton (coauthor of Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism) seek to free writers from a near-universal burden—unfinished projects—by meticulously outlining Tennis’s Finishing School writing program. Drawing on their own experiences and those of other writers, they explain how the program evolved out of Tennis’s own difficulties completing a novel. It offers a support system designed to overcome six common emotional pitfalls: doubt, shame, yearning, fear, judgment, and arrogance. Members of Finishing School writing groups, which meet weekly, commit to writing for a certain number of hours and completing specific tasks. They also choose buddies to contact when they hit writing snags. It is this accountability, according to Tennis, that writers find particularly helpful. Unlike in more traditional writers’ groups, Finishing School members do not critique one another’s work; they listen to and learn from one another as equals, establishing “clear goals supported by well-defined tasks.” This book insightfully pinpoints the importance of time budgeting and management, and of setting reasonable expectations for completion. It’s gimmicky at times, but 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.

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        December 1, 2016
        Countless writers have dream projects they just can't seem to get finished or even off the ground, a problem that Tennis and Morton tackle with a combination of sensitivity and practicality. Their book is designed to help scribes identify and address what's blocking them and create a sensible plan for moving ahead on their blocked project. The authors, an advice columnist and a ghostwriter who both have struggled with stalled projects of their own, begin by addressing the emotional pitfalls that keep writers from getting the work done: doubt, shame, yearning, fear, judgment, and arrogance. After breaking the elements down to show how each can cripple a writer as well as chronicling their own battles with them, they delve into how Finishing School works. Started by Tennis, Finishing School brings people together to set reasonable time commitments for their projects each week and then pairs them so that each person is accountable to another. Straightforward and realistic, Finishing School offers a viable option for anyone longing to complete a writing project.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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