So, lately there’s been a lull in here for me as well as on twitter, though I still update there on a regular basis. Why have I been so late with updates? I’ve been busy with things that aren’t worth getting into. I have a job. I have stresses. We all know about this. Today, I’m going to be short and simple because I have to get ready for work.
These are my five simple ways to finish a book. You can use one or all of these, but they are simple ways that should make the writing process easier for you.
1. Pick A Story That Captivates You
It’s easy to write a story that you’d read. The story practically writes itself as you go on with each click on the computer or each scribble of the pen. With each new scene will bring more insight into the complete story, and you’ll finish your first draft in no time at all.
2. Have A Daily Checklist.
Set word goals, make time, do something that has to be repeated each and every day. If you’re serious about writing, nothing else should matter…except maybe your beta-readers and family. Editors and agents don’t matter when you’re doing your daily routine. They matter about five seconds after you’re finished each day though.
3. Use Writing As A Distraction
Now don’t use it as an excuse not to do important things. It won’t be worth it in the end, but if you write to distract yourself from things like the cleaning that you can do after just 500 more words, or the dishes that you’ll do right after you get finished with that chapter, you’ll be fine.
4. Write For Yourself
Don’t write to be famous. Don’t write to get rich. Write because you can’t keep the stories in. Write because you love to do it. Don’t worry about how it is. Write because you’re a writer. It’s your story, so you tell it because you want to do it. Don’t beat yourself up over the story. That’ll come after you sell your first book. Once you’re doing it for a living, you’ll still have to keep on doing it this way, so get used to it. Write your books, and listen to nobody else. That’s for the first draft. Keep that draft. Treasure it forever, because it will be seen by you and maybe a few select people.
5. Screw The Rules You Have Green Hair.
Okay. Maybe you don’t have green hair, but you DO have a book that needs to be finished. This isn’t about making the perfect book. What you’re trying to do is finish your first draft, and it does take time and dedication. Don’t worry about the rules of writing. Simply get your story out there. Then you can get to work on editing.
I have more to say on this topic, but I took too much time on this, so I’ll continue with another post later in the week.