Writing a novel is like running a marathon; you can’t just put your shoes on and run 42 km. It requires deliberate daily practice before you’re ready to compete in your long distance race.
Don’t expect it to be easy. Running a marathon isn’t easy; you can only compete in two marathons per year. Novel writing works in a similar way.
Novel writing is powered by decisiveness.
You must decide that you’re going to finish a novel and you must take slow steps towards your goal; day by day, contributing more and more.
You can’t make that decision once; it’s made every day, every single morning, you must tell yourself that you’re going to put some words on the paper.
There will be days when it’s going to be hard to make that decision. Don’t worry too much. It’s normal. It’s a part of the process. Enjoy your good days and don’t take the bad days too personally.
Technically, writing a novel is easy; you just put word after word. What’s hard is sitting down and writing.
It’s hard to make that decision over and over again but it’s necessary.