I Can’t Finish My Story! Failure To Launch, a (common) writer nightmare

Dan Alatorre

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Occasionally a writer reaches out and laments about a writerly problem. Here’s one I received recently that I think is fairly common.


Dear Dan,

I recently realized that my writing has slowed to a standstill, not because I’m busy, but because I’m terrified to finish.


Scared Storyteller


Dear Storyteller,

It’s not uncommon to see the finish line and suddenly become… intimidated.

Truman Capote said finishing a story is like taking your child out in the back yard and shooting it.

Oh yes he did Oh yes he did


Why is that?

Why do so many writers get so far long and then not finish?

I think the reason(s) is basically simple. First of all, a lot of people get a great idea for a story, but once they get that idea down – Oh, wouldn’t it be neat if the Easter Bunny murdered Santa Claus?…

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