Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When You Want to Give Up on Your Novel

DON'T.

When you started your novel, you were super excited about this amazing journey ahead of you. You were ready to conquer the challenge--you were willing to write every day, meet every deadline, and finish this thing once and for all.

But when it boils down, writing a novel isn't that easy. It takes time--time that you probably don't have. With school, work, and family, how are you supposed to make time for a silly writing project?

If writing a novel was easy, everyone would be doing it. The truth of the matter is that writing a novel is hard work. You're going to want to give up. It's easy to throw everything away and never look back--but what about your goals? You've always wanted to write a novel. Why would you give up on that dream?

If you're willing to stick it out and trudge through your novel, you may pick up the momentum again later. Even when you hit dead spots in your writing, keep going. Here are a few tips to help you out:

1. Give yourself gold stars.

Whether you use actual stickers or a different reward system (like ice cream.........), make it work for you. Whenever you reach your goal (a total word count or an allotted writing time), reward yourself. It'll keep you motivated towards reaching your goal.

2. Think ahead.

You don't have to write in order. If you've plotted your novel (which is super helpful when it comes to writing, and if you haven't plotted it you should try), you can skip around. Play around with different scenes that you really want to get involved in now. Then, when you're feeling a bit more creative, go back to the less interesting parts and connect your story.

3. Look back.

You've already accomplished more than most people can brag on. Good for you! You created this story and you made the decision to put it to paper. You deserve to be proud of yourself.
Whether you've written 5 words or 5,000 words, you're on your way. Keep going!

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