When I first started writing I would get partway through a story or even a novel then suddenly get a new idea and start working on it. I'm looking at a pile of my old work and I have four unfinished novels sitting here. I've got a new novel in progress and part of a short story (for the Science Fiction contest) and I'm afraid of falling into the old trap of rarely finishing anything. Though I have to admit, some of the work I never finished was abandoned because it just wasn't good. I don't consider those attempts wasted at all, they were an integral part of developing my writing process and building up my skills. I've decided I'm not allowed to write anything else until I finish at least the first draft of my contest piece. Maybe that will help. Anyone else have similar problems?