Saturday, August 29, 2015

6 Reasons Why You Can’t Finish Writing Your Book

Here are the 6 main reasons why many people can’t finish writing their books and what can be done about it.

1. You Didn’t Break Writing a Book Down Into Smaller Tasks


When you look at the entire process of writing a book, from concept to final editing, it can seem overwhelming. Many people stop working on their books simply because it seems like too much. What you need to do is break book writing down into smaller tasks. For fiction, you can break those tasks down into outlining (if you do outlines) and writing 1,000 words a day. At 1,000 words a day, you will have 30,000 words done in a month and 60,000 by the end of two months. For nonfiction books, you can break the tasks down even more: finding a niche, researching, outlining, and writing a daily word count.

2. No End in Sight


Do you know how your book is going to end? Many published writers know the ending to their story before they begin writing the book. Find the ending to your story. That is what you are writing towards.

3. Impossible Word Count


Kindle Shorts are as short as 5,000 words, and maybe that is all the words you will need to tell your story or write your non-fiction book. Don’t aim for a larger word count when your book doesn’t need it.

4. Lack of Positive Thinking


Writers can be their own harshest critics. Take the time to appreciate what you are doing and what you have accomplished so far. Many people dream of writing a book, but most don’t make it as far as you have. Be proud of your accomplishments and continue on. Make a promise to wow yourself by finishing the book you have started.

5. Lack of Habit


To be a successful writer, you need to create a writing habit. Schedule a time to do your writing and keep at it every day, no excuses.

6. Too Many Interruptions


Scheduling writing time might not be enough. If interruptions are your biggest problem, you will need to take steps to eliminate them. Turn off all external interruptions. If you have young children, you can plan your writing during nap times or practice writing while watching and caring for them at the same time. It can be done. Older children can be taught to provide you with distraction-free writing time.

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