How do you keep yourself from losing interest halfway through what you’re working on, or going off in too many directions?

I don’t. I usually do both those things, get very mad with myself, discover that there was a reason for doing what I’d done, and get back on track. There are many schools of thought on what makes a writer but one says that writing is letting your “inner child” out to doodle. If that school of thought is correct, then there will be times when you just have to let your creative self doodle and wait patiently for good stuff to come.I remember when I was working in software there was this tremendous pressure to produce. “Be creative!” management would shout. How can you be creative? It’s a state of mind, not something that is turned on or off at will.

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