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Find Motivation To Complete Your Novel

Find Motivation To Complete Your Novel

You’re writing your novel. Then you get stuck. Several days go by. Then a week. The more you try to force yourself to write, the more you resist.

Your novel is doomed. Or is it? Let’s look at some tips which will help you to find motivation again. By the way — these tips work for all uncompleted novels — even those novels on which you’ve completely given up.

Here we go…

1. Forget your novel for now: write something else

Try writing something else. Start another novel, or write a short story. Chances are that you’re trying too hard. You’re tripping over your mental feet; your creative self has gone silent.

Beginning a new project coaxes your creativity out of hibernation.

Complete this sentence (write it, don’t just think it): “It would be huge fun to write…”

Start writing. 😉

2. List your written scenes: what’s missing?

Open your novel’s computer file. Even this small step may be challenging if you’re blocked. Tell yourself you’re an investigator. You’re just investigating the project — you don’t need to write, if you don’t want to.

Without thinking about it too much, write one-sentence descriptions of what happens in each scene.

This may be enough to get you starting writing again. When you get stuck, it’s often because you’ve lost the main thread of your story.

3. Let your characters speak (write character journals)

Choose a character. Write 300 words of the character’s journal. Write in first person, from that character’s point of view. If the character’s angry, that’s wonderful. It means that there’s real energy there, and you can work with that.

Keep writing if you’re getting useful information. Or, write another character’s journal.

The journalling process may be enough to get you started writing your novel again.

4. Change the point of view (POV) character of an important scene

Choose a scene. Write the scene from the point of view of another character in the scene. This can get you thinking about your plot in a new way. Perhaps you’re trying to tell the story from the incorrect point of view.

5. Dream about your novel

This works. Tonight, before you go to sleep, grab a notepad. Write: “(novel title) What’s the story really about?”

Tomorrow, you may wake up with some insights.

Whether you do, or you don’t, write 100 words about your novel before you get up.

Thinking too much about your novel in a critical fashion always blocks you. “Dreaming” about your novel encourages your creative self to become involved in the project again.

6. Begin at the end: write the ending scene, then work backward, listing scenes you could write

You don’t need to write your novel in chronological, or any other order. When a project doesn’t flow, writing scenes out of order inspires your creative self.

So, write the final scene of your novel.

Then, working backwards, write a list of scenes.

Next, write any scene you like — you’ll complete your novel easily.

7. When all else fails, chop your novel into a short story (or stories)

If nothing’s working, it’s time for butchery.

Carve a short story out of your novel.

This article on writing a quick short story will help.

When your motivation fails on a novel, there’s always a reason for your resistance. However, the reason’s unimportant. All that counts is that you complete your novel. Do whatever it takes. These tips will help.

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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124 Powerful Fiction Writing Tips: Win Readers And Fans, And Increase Your Sales Today

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Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Want to be a confident writer? Confidence is a mindset, a mental switch if you like, so any writer can be more confident.

Confidence has real benefits:

  • You believe in yourself, so you’ll write, rather than procrastinate. Confident writers know that once you’ve written something, you can sell it, and there are always multiple ways in which you can do that;
  • You’ll enjoy writing more;
  • You’ll get better ideas: you won’t be afraid to tackle big ideas; and
  • Chances are that you’ll make more money from your writing.

Let’s look at five ways you can become more confident.

1. Make writing the center of your life

Writers are always writing, no matter what else they’re doing.

This is a good thing, because writing takes study, and practice. Writers never stop learning. Not only do you need to learn how to write, you also need to learn about psychology, and business. And a million other things too.

Good writers understand themselves, other people, and life. And they write about what they learn. No matter what happens to them, a small part of their mind is thinking: “how can I use this?”

2. Find writing heroes you can model

What kind of writer do you want to be? Perhaps you want to be a copywriter. Or a novelist. Or a screen writer. Decide what kind of writer you want to be, and find models you can emulate.

3. Commit to enjoyment

Do you enjoy writing? If you don’t enjoy writing, it’s much harder than it needs to be. Discover ways in which you can make writing fun.

For example, let’s say you’re writing series of Internet ads for a copywriting client. You’re not enjoying it. Start a small side project, of writing you do enjoy. You might write a blog, or a short story. While all writing can’t be fun, you should aim to have some part of your writing day devoted to writing you do enjoy.

4. Self-talk your way to success

What you say to yourself matters. If you say: “I can’t finish this project. I have no idea why I started it…” You won’t finish it.

On the other hand, if you say: “I enjoy writing. I will complete this project and publish it”, chances are you’ll do exactly that.

5. Eliminate fears of rejection and failure forever

Why should failure, or success, frighten you? Neither success nor failure will make any difference to what you do each day. You write. Whether you do it in a sumptuous villa in Tuscany, or in a humble shared apartment in the town you grew up in, you write.

Stephen King (or whoever your writing hero happens to be — mine is P.G. Wodehouse) wrote every day. As you do. No matter how many successes or failures you have, they can’t affect your writing, unless you let them.

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Get started: make 2008 the year that YOU write a book

Here we are almost at the end of 2007 – did you write your book this year?

If you didn’t manage it in 2007, decide that you’ll write your book in 2008, and start writing it, in 20 minutes a day, on January 1, 2008.

There’s an enormous amount of help available for you at every stage of writing your book, but YOU need to put pen to paper, and put one word after another.

Here’s someone who did it. The Advocate – www.newarkadvocate.com – Newark, Ohio reports that when she started writing her book: “The characters soon came to life on the computer. My advice to aspiring writers would be to write about something you know and to thoroughly research the subject. If you are writing a memoir, search your own memories, and ask family members to contribute theirs. My best resource was my 90-year-old aunt, who shared stories with me. I also researched history of the times so I could weave it throughout the story.”

Everyone can manage 20 minutes a day: in your lunch hour, on the train, before you go to bed – just start writing.

Start anywhere, write anything. All creative work seems like chaos, but you’ll be surprised that if you persevere, your book will take shape.