-How To Finish Your Book -

10 Steps To Finish Your Book

1. Decide what your main theme is.
Fantastic stories always have a central theme. Write the main point of your book in a single sentence, then expand upon it to a paragraph, and then to a one-page outline. Think of it in the form of a three act structure. Anything more complex than this will get you lost in the sea of words.

2. Make a "zone" area.
It doesn't matter whether it is a desk or a restaurant or a picnic bench. It just has to be different from where you perform other tasks. Make your writing place a unique space, so that if you enter it, you are in the zone to exclusively write. It should remind you of your commitment to complete this book. Again, the aim here is not to think and just begin writing.

3. Decide on a daily time to work on your story.
Consistency makes imagination simpler. You want a daily routine to perform your job and finish that book. Feel free to have a day off, but pencil it in beforehand. Never let a deadline pass; do not slack on yourself. Placing a daily deadline and normal writing time will make certain you don't need to consider when you may write. Give yourself no choice but to write when it's time to write.

4. Decide on a daily word count goal.
John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer and new father - in other words, he had been really active. Nonetheless, he got up an hour or two early each morning and wrote a page per day. After a year or two, he had a great book. A page a day is just about 300 words. You do not have to write a lot. You simply have to write often. Placing a daily goal will provide you something to aim for. Make it small and achievable so you may hit your goal every day and get started building momentum.

5. Get Feedback!
Nothing bites worse than writing a book and then having to rewrite it, because you did not let anybody look at it beforehand. Have a few trusted advisers that will assist you discern what is worth writing. These may be friends, editors, family. Just try to find somebody who will provide you honest feedback early on to ensure that you're headed in the right direction. 

6. Celebrate!
Celebrate the progress you have made while still being honest about just how much work is left to do. You want to have something to aim for and a means to measure yourself. This is the only way I ever get any work done: with a deadline.

7. Get it DONE.
Regardless of what, finish the book. Set a deadline. Send it to the publisher, release it on Amazon, do anything you will need to do to get it in front of people. Just do not put it in your drawer. The worst thing is for you to stop once this thing is composed. That will not make you do your very best work and it will not enable you to share your thoughts with the world.

8. Keep your spirits up.
As you near the end of the project, know this will be challenging and you may feel that things aren't perfect. You have to be fine with not being perfect, and provide yourself grace. That's what is going to sustain you - the decision to continue, not your evasive standards of perfection.

9. Write more!
Many writers might feel their first publication is not up to standard. But without a first book, you'll never learn the necessary lessons that come along with writing. So, put time into your work, fail early, and try again. You must practice, which means you've got to keep writing.

Every author started somewhere, and the majority of them began by squeezing their writing through the cracks of their everyday lives. The individuals who make it are people who show up day after day. You can do this!

10. Stop editing!
Instead, write without ruling first, then go back and edit your work later. You'll maintain a better flow and will not be disrupted by constant criticism of your work. And you'll have a lot more writing to edit when it comes time to do it.


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