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All right, so I’m totally guilty of this one.
Years ago, I read a great crime novel. Suspense, drama, intrigue — you name it. So I figured that the author’s other books must be pretty awesome too.
As a result, over the years, I’ve visited my local library and borrowed one after another of her books. And some of them weren’t bad. The rest? Awful.
I was happy enough reading the good ones. But guess what I did with the snooze-worthy ones?
Yeah, I read those too. Cover to cover.
Those novels weren’t the least bit compelling in the first few chapters. They weren’t remotely thrilling at the halfway point. They were — at best — meh all the way through.
But I finished those suckers anyway.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Total waste of time. To make matters worse, I wasted more time in complaining to my poor husband about how crummy my latest read was.
Of course, you can clearly see how utterly silly it was to keep throwing away precious hours like this!
But think for a second. I bet that you’ve got at least one time-wasting story just like mine.
And that’s where “the art of non-finishing” comes in . . . [Read more…]