Writing to Reach the Finish Line

The year is winding down, and you realize that you have just about 6 weeks left to accomplish your goals for 2010. Before you freak out, panic, and decide to never write again, take a step back. It’s okay. The time you spend beating yourself up could be used for writing!

Here are some steps to get you back on track for the year-end writing push.

1. Write down your goals for the rest of the year; make sure they are ones you can actually accomplish.

2. Look at your goals daily. Put them in a place where you will look at them on a regular basis. You can’t accomplish them if can’t remember them. You can post your December goals here.

3. Make your writing a priority. It’s easy to get sidetracked, especially during the holiday season … that’s probably how you got toward the end of the year with multiple half-finished projects. Realize your creativity – your goals – are just as important as everyone else’s. Own them. And set aside time on a regular basis to indulge your passion.

4. Explore your craft – try new genres and media. Participating in writing exercises and contests, starting a blog, and trying new things will make you a stronger writer. Variety is the spice of life.

5. Write through any blocks you may have. Especially important for those in the midst of NaNoWriMo. If you get stuck, write around or through the problem. You can always revise once you have a finished draft, but if you are constantly self-editing, the road to “The End” just gets father away.

Believe in yourself. Your novel, non-fiction book, screenplay, or blog is important to you. So go for it! Writing is exercise. The more you practice, the better you become. Write On!

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