You Need Mini-Goals to Write Your Novel – Guest Post…

Toni Pike‘s guest post on The Story Reading Ape offers great advice on how to write and finish that first novel. She explains how setting mini-goals will help achieve this. I think the process she outlines would help even the seasoned writer…

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You are ready to go. You have always wanted to write a novel and can’t wait to get started. You will be producing at least eighty thousand carefully crafted words. It is an enormous challenge and we all have busy lives. That is why so many people start to write a novel but never finish.

Now for some very simple mathematics. Write down your goal and decide how many words you might be able to write each week. Make it realistic, remembering that your family and job may still take up much of your time. Don’t aim to go without sleep, sacrifice exercise or neglect your loved ones.

Work out how long it will you take to reach your goal. That is your finish line, but the race is long and slow and can be frustrating. How can you stay…

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