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The One Tip to Finishing a Novel
Back when I started working on His Daughter as a NANO WRIMO project, a few people were frustrated with me. Here's why: I ran through a site called 750 words, which I used to keep regular updates on my facebook, including words per day, moods, consistent thoughts, and so on. The frustration derived from the speed at which I wrote.
First, it is important to note that the entire concept of NANO WRIMO is to finally write that novel. The time limit is a month, and it's abitrary, but the point is to finally write.
Many writers struggle with completing their novels. So here's the trick to finally getting it done: write it. I would suggest to keep going, even when one of the chapters seems to be terrible. While some writers, such as Dean Koontz, have claimed their perfect every line as they go, many simply flesh them all out and go back later to revise them - to "perfect them."
But here's the truth, even when draft I and II are finished, no novel is still perfect. Check this out. One point in this article is that even the most famous novels, such as War and Peace, have flaws. For instance, the end of the novel is a bit of rant.
There's always more you could have done. There's always something that could have been corrected. However, you have a limited amount of time on earth (until science advances to a point it shouldn't and we can live biblical-length lives) and we need to have our voice heard, and we need to have our writings read.
To anyone out there working on the same novel for countless years: Just write. I'm not trying to sound like a jerk here. The truth is, it's not your novel until you've written it. And you don't have to wait until November to face a one-month challenge. Pull out the good ol' calendar. Set a schedule and stick to it, like a work-out plan, only you need to actually dedicate time to it every day.
Some people give themselves days off. I suggest just one. And set your word limit. Don't fudge it either. If you fall a bit short, you fall a bit short. The more you rant on and on or write, the more you can edit our later.
That's it. Consider this my first attempt of how to finally finish a novel. Now enjoy this video or leave my page to start or finish that novel. Good luck. Hope to see your book on shelves (more than likely e-stores) soon!
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