Have you ever almost completed a project, but then left it for weeks and not gone back to it to finish the job? I ask because I find myself in that position right now. I recently went through my old files and discovered several intriguing articles I started to write and then abandoned. In a rather meta fashion, I find myself thinking: what was I thinking? How could I just abandon such interesting articles? There are four reasons I came up with.
Other Topics Took Priority
I started writing this article because it was at the top of my mind, and I was inspired by it. Sometimes I can’t help myself and I just have to start writing. It’s like an itch I have to scratch. Once I start an article like this, other topics just tend to fade in my mind. I lose the spark that moved me to start writing them, at least for a little while. Until I see them again, that is. Whatever is at the top of my mind takes priority.
I Wanted to Write Them Down So I Wouldn’t Forget Them
Sometimes I have a great idea, but I know I don’t have time to finish it. So I write down all the details I can in order to give myself everything I need to flesh it out later. Unfortunately, if I do that too many times, those ideas start to build up like dirty water in a clogged drain. I suppose it’s better to be deluged with too many ideas than facing a drought of too few.
I Forgot About Them
Even the most organized man can sometimes let things slip through the cracks. I strive to stay organized, but I fall short of perfection. Like Indiana Jones’ father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I write things down so I don’t have to remember them. Nothing is lost when I keep a record of all my ideas. Going through old notes and files is rewarding because I’m constantly surprised by the gifts I leave for myself.
Right now I have three Cinematic Chiasmus articles mapped out and ready to go. Three amazing movies that I can’t wait to showcase for their incredible symmetrical storytelling. And I haven’t written them yet. To be fair, I have recently written three Cinematic Chiasmus articles on Tron, Escape from New York, and Dreamscape. Those turned out great. This type of article is the most intense to write. Usually my first drafts are deeply flawed, so I have to rewrite large chunks of them before they’re fit for publication. When I do finish them, though, they’re some of my most rewarding work.
Great Things in the Works
I’m excited to revisit my unfinished work. There are some great articles yet to come. Thank you to everyone who continues to come check out what I have to share each week. I hope you, too, will be able to see if you have unfinished business you need to settle. Whether it’s writing or relationships or any other aspect of your life, now is a good time to do something you might have put off or forgotten about.
This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.
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