Writing Tip: Challenge in Finishing Your Book

Perhaps, the biggest challenge in writing a book is simply staying focused enough to finish your book. It logically is not that hard, you simply schedule time in your calendar and write on the book during you allotted time slot.

Well, maybe! But like everything else in life, there are always those obstacles that toss us off our pre-arranged schedule, like one of our kids getting sick, a death in the family, or we take on a new job.

Perhaps, the biggest challenge in writing a book is simply staying focused enough to finish your book. It logically is not that hard, you simply schedule time in your calendar and write on the book during you allotted time slot.

 Well, maybe! But like everything else in life, there are always those obstacles that toss us off our pre-arranged schedule, like one of our kids getting sick, a death in the family, or we take on a new job.

So, what happens to most writers is not that they cannot stick to their schedules, it’s dealing with all those life issues or crisis that pop up during your writing process. Some are short and only a blip in our schedule, but other major things might hit us so hard that your book is suddenly at the bottom of your list.

First of all, if you don’t have a major deal with a traditional book publisher and a deadline hanging in the wind, then don’t worry about it. While your book is important, we all have to deal with life as it comes at us, whether it’s good stuff or bad. Take some time to get settled again, but not too much that you have to re-read your manuscript to figure out where you are! Then, put your book back on-schedule and keep up the writing daily, if possible.

Although a daily writing schedule is preferable, I don’t suggest trying to write while you are also trying to take care of young children. If you do that, you are only going to get frustrated with the writing! You’ll also probably get cranky with the kids, so do everyone a favor and schedule your time around the kids’ schedules.

 Wondering what that leaves you? Well, I’ve known writers who get up early in the morning before their kids awake to get in one or two hours of writing time. Others prefer the late night. I’ve always been a night owl, myself. And while I no longer have any children living at home, I still find my writing stride after midnight all too often!

 I need my environment quiet, a beverage to drink, and often some sort of munchies. Word of warning: grapes or cheese and crackers work better than chocolate, because the sugar will give you a quick burst, then leaves you crashing with a desire for even more food. This is a dangerous road for those who are always battling with weight, so be mindful.

 In lui of complete quiet, I sometimes use the headphones and play music on my computer loud enough to drown out the other sounds, which is usually the television. You can be creative about setting up your writing environment.

Being consistent in your time and environment will give you the best results. Good luck, and let me know what your biggest obstacles are!

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