Writing a novel is work. I can't tell you how many people have said to me, "I have a great idea for a book. When I get time, I'm going to write it." Time is the number one thing most writers struggle with. Here are five tips that have helped me complete four novels. (Although Misconceptions will be my first published work.)
1. Write at least one page a day. One page in a novel is approximately 250 words. While I was taking James Scott Bell's class on writing a fiction novel, he said, "Even a baboon can write 250 words in a day. You don't want a baboon to beat you, do you?" If you set out to write one page, you usually will write more.
2. Find someone to keep you accountable. Writing friends are true treasures. Find one who will ask you if you're getting your writing done, and you've found a gem!
3. Go for a walk. I can't tell you how many plot troubles I have worked out by going for a walk. It's even better if you can walk with a friend. Here's a picture of my walking buddy. (He also happens to be my writing buddy as well.)
4. Realize your writing is horrible. I know, I know...we all want our first drafts to be fantastic, but the truth is. It's gonna need a lot of work. Write anyway. You can't edit a blank page.
5. Have fun. Write that first draft for yourself. Make your characters do things they're terrified of. Throw lots of trouble at them. You can always make things worse for your favorite character...go for it!
Thank you for stopping by my website and taking time to read this post. I cherish my readers, and am so thankful to the Lord for the opportunities He's blessed me with. What are some things that help you keep writing?