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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.

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Write Your Book: 4 Fun Ways to End Writer’s Block Forever

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You’re writing a book. Suddenly you’re stuck. Your inspiration seems to have gone with the wind. Days, and then weeks pass — you have writer’s block.

Writer’s block is common. Every writer goes through it, so don’t feel that there’s something wrong with you, or with your book. Over the years, I’ve gone through the horror of blocking many times.

There are always reasons. Usually your resistance has something to do with what’s happening in the rest of your life, or with what you’re writing.

Whatever the problem, you can end your block. Here are four ways.

1. Start a Journal for Your Book

Knowing that you need to produce anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 words before you type “The End” can block anyone. If you place high expectations on yourself — you want your words to be brilliant — the pressure will make you procrastinate.

Eliminate this pressure by starting a book journal for each book. Then, if you’re feeling as if you don’t know what comes next, muse in your journal.

Interview your characters. Make notes. Complain. What you write doesn’t matter; at least you’re writing. A journal acts as a pressure valve; use it.

2. Begin Every Day With Free Writing

Free writing is spontaneous, timed writing, for five, ten or 15 minutes. It’s a way of generating text. Just start typing, and don’t lift your fingers from the keyboard.

Free writing prevents blocks.

3. Know Your Characters’ Back Story

You need to know your characters’ history, but keep it out of your book. Think about it. How often you do relate past incidents to the people in your life? You’re concerned with what’s happening today, and so are your characters. Your readers want action; provide it.

However, you still need to know where and how your heroine Geraldine grew up, and that she’s scared of spiders. Write your characters’ backstory in your journal.

It will unblock you.

4. Realize That Your First Draft Is an Exploration

You want to type your novel (or nonfiction) book from beginning to end, and call it done. So do I. However, sadly, that’s a fantasy. In the real world, you write your first draft, and then the next… You write as many drafts as it takes to create the book you want.

Your first draft is always an exploration. Anything goes. Create a hero who’s a wimp, if you wish. If that doesn’t work out, make him a rip-roaring alpha male. You can do anything you like in your first draft.

The fewer expectations, the better. Somewhere in your first draft will be the faint glimmer of the book you really want to write.

When you think “draft” rather than “I’m writing a book” the mere fact that you have low expectations prevents you suffering writer’s block.

There you have it: four methods to write your book without blocking. Use them.