Writing your novel every day is HARD.
Here’s the thing, however: if you don’t write every day, you’ll lose your inspiration and motivation for the book. Once it’s gone, it’s almost impossible to get it back.
Your novel is a little world. You have a choice: become an inhabitant of that little world by visiting every day. Learn the language, get to know the people, make yourself at home. Or, remain an alien, and become alienated.
I found this happening with a novel I’m working on, and it scared me — it’s happened before. So I created the 30-Day Novel-Writing Challenge. It’s helped me to write every day, and it may help you.
Let’s look at five easy ways to write your novel every day.
1. Make a commitment
You need to make a commitment to your novel, and working on it every day. 750 Words has helped many writers. The program’s browser-based, so you can work on your novel anywhere you have access to the Web, and on any device.
Several members of the Challenge used it to complete the Challenge; they love the program.
I’m trying it out because of their recommendation.
2. Write where you are
I get my best ideas when I’m out of the office. Driving seems to unlock my subconscious mind, so when I get an idea, I park as soon as it’s safe, and tap out the idea on my phone. If I get an idea for a scene, I dictate it into the Evernote app.
Several times a week I go to the library and write there. There’s something about being surrounded by books which relaxes me, and makes it easier to write.
You can write anywhere you have a moment, whenever inspiration strikes. Join 750 Words. Print out your research notes and outline, and take the folder to work with you. You never know when you’ll get some free minutes to write.
3. Decide to allow inspiration into your life
Want to become inspired? It’s easy — just decide that you will.
Imagine inspiration flowing into your life. The flow of inspiration is always there, like a channel on the TV. If you’ve never twitched on the channel, it will be faint, and full of static.
Committing to your novel will strengthen the channel. Just switch to the channel (imagine it), and wait. Then write whatever comes.
4. Snatch time, and make time
A friend, who is a school teacher with five children, is an expert at snatching time. She writes for parenting publications, and is working on her first novel. She writes early in the morning, and late at night. She also writes during her lunch hour at school, and in class.
Each weekend, she makes time for her novel. She shuts herself in the bedroom for a couple of hours and writes.
5. Over-write: learn the magic of planning and drafting
Learn to separate planning, writing, and editing. You can’t do all three at once. Each activity requires a different mind set.
I like to plan every day. Usually my planning consists of checking my mind maps, and reviewing any notes and ideas I’ve jotted into Evernote. When I need to do “big picture” planning — creating an outline for a book, or thinking about story and character arcs — I set aside an hour to do that.
When I’m writing a first, second or third draft, I write. I accept whatever comes. My only goal is to get words on the computer screen, or on paper. When I’m writing, it’s not my job to worry about whether they’re the “right” words.
Yes, this means I over-write. I know that I’ll delete a lot of material. The alternative: writing in your head, and imagining that you’ll write the right words doesn’t work. You’ll become blocked, because you’re trying to both write and edit at the same time. This is like pressing the accelerator and brake in your car at the same time. You’re going nowhere when you do that, so don’t do it.
Writing your novel every day is fun. It’s also relatively easy, as long as you commit to it. Do it. You’ll be thrilled at the results.
Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours
Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.
I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.
Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.
The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?
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