An excellent collection of tips to help motivate you to finish your novel once you have started it from Crime Author Claire McGowan. I will certainly be taking note of these myself – hope you find them useful folks!
A few weeks ago I gave a talk to the London Writers’ Café (a great group, check them out!) about how to finish your book. I think this is an area that gets neglected sometimes. It’s easy to start, in a blaze of ideas and good intentions. You may even get as far as 30,000 words in with that initial burst, before running out of momentum. Before I managed to finish a book myself, I had countless false starts, where I would just give up on the book. I wish I’d known that it’s normal to run into problems at this stage– and also that these are very possible to fix.
I think the main reasons people don’t finish things are these:
- Lack of time
- Fear (of rejection, of hard work)
- ‘Writer’s block’
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