How to Finish Writing Your Book
This is a guest post by Shaun Hume.
I guess I should precursor this list by saying my book, as I've never written your book, per se, or finished it either, so how am I supposed to know?
Well, what I was kind of hoping for is that my experiences in knuckling down and finishing novels would in some way be relatable to all of you lovely people out there. That, in general, the tools and techniques for finishing a book which have helped me, can also help you. The points might not ALL work for you, but I can guarantee you they certainly all worked for me, and helped to keep me on the path of productive writing! But saying all that, here you go...
1. Just do it.
Google "Shia LaBeouf Motivation", and you can thank me later 😉
2. Repeat the previous tip, every day.
I'm not actually joking about that one!
3. Set a day word target.
Sounds simple, but by golly does it work! 100 or 1,000 words a day, any number really. Pick a number low enough so that you feel comfortable with achieving it, but high enough so that it will force you to challenge yourself. Most importantly is to set it, and don't let the day end until you've met that goal.
4. Put your book first.
If you have a choice between going out and writing, chose writing. You can go out to all the fancy members' clubs and "one in a lifetime" concerts you want when you're a bonafide author.
5. Get lost.
I don't mean rudely, I mean get lost in your world. Be thinking about it at work, on the bus, in the line at the bank - everywhere.
6. Did I mention Shia LaBeouf?
7. Tell people what you're doing.
Even if you're nervous, do it. It holds you accountable, as they will keep asking about how it's going until you're finally done!
8. Have breaks.
Sometimes writing it hard, and much harder for some than others. At these times reward yourself. Many a day I kept ice cream at the ready for just such occasions. Or it could be anything, whatever you see as a reward (as long as it's reasonably healthy and not damaging!). Keep it there as your proverbial carrot on a stick.
9. Exercise. Every day.
As important as it is to sit down and write, it's just as important to stand up and move about. It feeds your body but also your mind. It needn't be a three-hour gym session, but at least half an hours walk, each day, will have huge results on your body, and in turn your mind.
So there you go - these are only a few of the many things you can use to help you get stuff done, but in my opinion, they are a ruddy good start! Have any other ideas? Tell me in the comments below.
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Shaun is an internationally popular author of several books containing mystery, intrigue, talking primates, girl spies, time travel, suspense, alternate dimensions, hospitals, mystery, teenage warriors and monsters - including the "Ewan Pendle" fantasy adventure series, which has been widely compared to the HARRY POTTER and PERCY JACKSON books. When not writing, Shaun is a filmmaker and photographer, as well as an amateur chandelier hanger and part-time uphill tobogganing enthusiast. To hear more from Shaun or grab one of his books, visit his blog here.