5 Keys To Help You Finish Your Novel
Beginning a book is such fun. It is filled with delicious moments where your imagination takes you on reckless journey of wonder.
When you begin writing your story, everything seems possible.
It’s on the homeward stretch that finishing your novel becomes really difficult.
What is finishing a book so tough? Why do some writers give up on their story? What are some resistance/pressures that convince so many writers that they just can’t(or that they shouldn’t) finish writing their novel?
Before we get int0 keys that will help you finish your novel, here’s some obstacles that writers face everyday that can cause them to not finish. Maybe you can relate to one or two?
Some reasons why writers give up on finishing their novel…
1.The writer gets hopelessly lost(usually in the middle) and doesn’t have any idea on how to get unstuck.
2.The writer is convinced that she/he doesn’t have what it takes to write or finish their novel. They are persuaded that all the words they’ve written so far are terrible.
3.The writer begins to expect her words to be perfect and compares herself to other writers who are writing and publishing more books or making more money, etc.
4.The writer loses interest in the story or the book becomes something different then what they thought it would be at the outset.
5.The writer begins to realize how much of her/his own emotions they need to put into the story, and it gets too painful for them to want to finish.
In all of the above, the real secret is to keep writing. Ask questions of your characters and of your story and don’t give up.
5 Keys to Help you Finish Your Novel…
1.Your biggest enemy is not the imperfections in your writing, but the blank page.
One thing you should write on a index card or sticky note and put somewhere near your computer is this: I can always fix a words on the page, but I can’t fix a blank page.
If your words are terrible, it doesn’t matter. Pat yourself on the back, because you had the courage to write. Even words imperfectly written are better than no words written at all.
When you write even a little bit on your story everyday this is what happens: it moves your story forward, it helps you understand your characters better, it helps motivate you to finish because you see your story moving forward.”