Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Your Novel
Please welcome author Devin Berglund with tips and ideas to help you avoid procrastination so you can finally finish your novel.
Do you ever feel like giving up on your novel? Does it feel like inspiration is drifting away? Has doubt grabbed you by the throat and convinced you that your story isn’t good enough to be told?
Lately, I’ve had that exact feeling. I would procrastinate from writing when the fear would whisper lies like you’ll never finish that novel or your story isn’t interesting enough or your characters are too boring.
When those thoughts enter the threshold of your imagination, it is easy to say to yourself, “My story is dying and I can’t save it.” I believe you have a story, and trust me, your characters want their story to be told. I have found tricks and tips that help writers finish what they have started. Do you want to be one of those writers that finish what they start?
Facebook Isn’t Going to Finish Your Novel for You
The writer’s temptation goes by the name of Facebook, Twitter, and all of the other online social networking sites. They can be a blessing, but on the other hand, they can also be a curse. It’s easy to sit down at the computer to work on your story, but it’s even easier to click to Internet to see if you’ve gotten any notifications. A great habit to get into is tuning out social media and the Internet for your allotted writing time.
How to write: one of my favorite things to read online are other writer’s blogs. You know, the cool ones. I end up discovering all different kinds of writing hints, but the truth is that those things will never finish your novel. You may learn tokens of knowledge that help you along the way, but to finish that book, you have to actually sit down and write. That is a huge temptation that I deal with sometimes. One reason I envy the writers of old is because they didn’t have all the technology distractions that we have today.
”I’m Late, I’m late for a very important date.”
We all remember the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and his favorite quote about being late for an important date, but I think we (as writers) are a lot like this rabbit. We go about our lives doing all the errands and daily chores that we must do, but it seems that it’s a different story when it comes to writing. We easily say “Oh, I just don’t have the time” or “I’m too tired” or “I have to do the dishes and the laundry.” Many people don’t realize they have the time. (If someone says they don’t have the time, they usually do.) We just have to make time for our writing and not waste the time we do have—even if it’s only a little bit here and there.
- Sit down with your schedule or your iPhone calendar and figure out what times will be best for you to write. A time when you can actually get a good chunk of writing in.
- Get your seconds in: squeeze writing in whenever you get 5 minutes. For example, I usually get a chunk of writing in while on the morning commute to work (on the train; please don’t try it in the car, although if you drive a lot, keep a voice recorder on hand and whenever a story idea comes, be sure to record it).
- Change how you write: I usually write with my computer at home, but while on the train, I write with pen and paper; it helps get the writing wires straightened out again.
“Do or Do Not; There is No Try”
Yoda was known for these famous words and they stand true for writers too. When it all comes down to it, you already know the secrets and tips to finishing your novel, but the question is how bad do you want it?
There are many reasons that you should finish your novel, but it all depends on whether those reasons are big enough to inspire you to reach your dream. If you want to finish your novel, then you must sit down and finish your novel. You will be thankful that you did.
- Write as much as you can.
- Don’t give in to temptation and laziness.
- And last but not least, write because you love to write.
What are a few things that have helped you finish your works in progress?
Devin Berglund is an American writer who is living abroad in Australia. She graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead with a BA degree in English/Mass Communications and a Certificate in Publishing. Her mind is spinning with enough ideas for a bazillion books, but she is currently working on a YA fantasy series. You can find her at www.devinberglund.wordpress.com or on Twitter @devinberglund.