One major difficulty you may encounter when writing a novel, certainly if you are a first-timer like me, is finding the resolve to keep going. Many people say they have started a book and it is now lost, or it is languishing in a shady corner of their attic on a few bits of dot-matrix printed paper from 1985, or it only exists in their imagination… but they will finish it one day, honestly!
My own story sprang into being shortly after I was made redundant back in 1992, it struggled to reach around 5,000 words and then sat as a file on various computers for the next twenty years. Then I attended Tracey West’s course, “Unlock the book in you in 100 easy steps” and decided that the time had finally come to continue where I left off.
I set myself a deadline, which came and went without any real progress, but after that deadline has passed I did find time to move my book on quite a bit. Recently I decided to set aside Thursday afternoons just for writing . It seemed like a good idea, but the two Thursday’s since I decided to do that have both come and gone with no extra words added to my book. The word count is about 27,000 now, so a lot has been accomplished in the few months since I attended Tracey’s course, but I still have a lot of story to tell.
How can one find the determination to see a piece of work through to the end? It is easy to think of many different ways to get your book finished, but much more difficult to stick to them You could set yourself a deadline, or spend a week or a month doing nothing else but write, or set aside a specific time each day or week when you will write, come what may. There are also ways to get peer pressure to work for you; sign up to NaNoWriMo (which is in November) and you will get a lot of people who will nag you to keep going. It is difficult to keep those ideas alive when life throws many other challenges your way. One final suggestion is to talk to Magic Oxygen and tell them about your book. They will fire you up to get it done and once you decide on a publication date your book will take on a life of it’s own and you will get it finished.
So if you are reading this and 2014 is gone or near it’s end, and there isn’t a big banner at the top of my site saying “Buy my book NOW” then please drop me a line and ask when it will be published. It might just be the nag I need to get to the end!