A few days ago we surveyed our mailing list. In it, 73 of the 130 participants stated that the biggest obstacle they encountered as writers was: finishing writing a book.
There are two reasons for this:
- Lack of time
- Lack of creative performance
Probably you as a writer are going through the same thing. And it doesn’t surprise me at all. That’s why today I want to take the opportunity to talk to you about how you can have the most productive year of your career writing to finish your novel.
Why you are unable to finish writing a book
If you can’t finish your book, don’t be discouraged. According to our survey, 55% of writers suffer to finish their books. There are really very few writers who can dedicate 100% of their time to finishing a book. And I am sure that even those who dedicate themselves professionally to it suffer to finish their own.
Most writers or people who publish books or ebooks combine this activity with another. And therefore it is logical that they lack time and inspiration to finish their work.
The truth is that making a living by writing and publishing books is something that only a privileged few can do. So, as tempting as it is to me to tell you: Leave everything and dedicate yourself to writing and finishing your stories.
I’ll tell you, don’t. Zapatero to your shoes.
And your shoes are what is feeding you today. So don’t give up a good job, leave aside your family and friends to dedicate yourself 100% to writing. Don’t get discouraged. 55% of writers suffer to finish their books.
Of course that would be great. But it’s very likely that your finances will suffer, your friends will stop talking to you and you’ll end up regretting it. The good news is that it’s not impossible to finish writing a book and go about your daily business. It’s difficult but not impossible.
How to finish writing your books
The key to finishing writing a book and having the most productive year of your life writing is to focus.
But what do I mean by focus?
The idea is very simple, regardless of your personal situation, whether you are employed by others, have children, dedicate yourself professionally to writing etc … To finish writing a book the best thing is to divide this task into smaller parts.
In such a way that every day you can concentrate on finishing one of these tasks and finally reach your main objective.
For the moment forget about:
- Create a blog
- design a cover
- Edit and format the file to upload to Amazon
- social networks
- Internet forums
These are all very important things, but now they’ll only take up your time. Time that you must dedicate to finish writing your book.
If you are very clear about what task you must finish each day and you do it, you will see how you stop wasting time and you will encourage yourself as you make small progress.
It’s really like going to the gym or preparing for a 10-kilometre race.
Every day you repeat your routine and little by little you become faster and more resistant until you reach your goal.