Leaving the Things Unfinished

If you’re one of these people who simply can’t leave the things unfinished, you’re going to have a difficult time writing a novel. 

Remember, writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires months if not years of deliberate practice and doing your job even if you don’t feel like it. 

Since a novel can’t be finished in one sitting and you’re going to feel bad because you didn’t finish it, it might be that you’re going to emotionally suffer for a long time. 

One of the tactics to trick yourself into having the sense of accomplishing something is to break the work of finishing a novel into much smaller tasks:

  • write the x amount of words 
  • finish a chapter
  • finish a page
  • create the x amount of plot points
  • design the x amount of scene ideas
  • review the x amount of pages

That way you will be able to check boxes in you to do list and you will feel good after each accomplished task.