The #5 Key Step:
Here are six things you have to do to finish your novel within 100 days.
• Write at the same time every day.
• Never wait until you “feel like writing.”
• Turn off all distractions, like email or T.V..
• Set a goal to write a minimum number of words each day.
• Don’t try to write too much at one time.
• Try this trick of Ernest Hemingway’s. End each session in mid-sentence or mid-paragraph so that you’ll have an easier time starting up the next day.
Here’s another 10 steps exercise, this one from Brian Clark, of CopyBlogger.com
2. Write move.
3. Write even more.
4. Write even more than that.
5. Write when you don’t want to.
6. Write when you do.
7. Write when you have something to say.
8. Write when you don’t.
9. Write every day.
10. Keep writing.
Also, you have to realize that writing is difficult. Ballet dancers know that they are going to have bloody feet. Pianists know that they’ll have to practice until the pain in their fingers make them cry. Golf professional experience the same hardships. Ben Hogan’s hands would bleed from hours of hitting golf balls.
So, as a writer you must realize that it is emotionally costly to write well. Writing a novel is mentally exhausting, far harder than working for someone else from nine-to-five.
And what makes it particularly difficult is that you can’t talk about your book, not if you want to finish it. More than one ‘would-be’ writer makes the mistakes of ‘talking about their book and not writing’ their novel.
Keep your novel to yourself until it is on the printed page.