Write That Novel You’ve Been Dreaming About

Let me guess. You’ve got a lot of ideas, any of which would make a fantastic novel – if only you had the time to write them down. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there.

Let’s face it, writing can be hard.

It can be intimidating. It takes a lot of time. And then after all of that work, you have to revise, rewrite, and let other people actually read your work and tell you what they think.

The immensity of the challenge can be petrifying.

And that’s sometimes where writer’s block comes in. You can’t get motivated to write, because to one degree or another, it feels like there are too many hurdles to overcome. So what do you do? Not writing is not the answer.

For me, the easiest thing has always been to make a commitment to a third party. Knowing that you answer to someone else on the matter and have to deliver on their schedule can make all of the difference.

When I was first working on my craft, I made a deal with a relatively new website manager that I would provide him with one new chapter a week that he could post for his readers. Having that deadline looming kept me on track and it helped me to finish writing my first (still unpublished, but finished) novel.

NaNoWriMo can help.

If you’re like I was, and have a lot of trouble setting a deadline and sticking to it without a third party to monitor your progress (and goad you on), consider signing up to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo takes place every November and challenges writers to craft a complete 50,000 word novel over the course of thirty days. Last year more than 300,000 writers participated, with nearly 20 percent of them actually finishing a novel.

If you need some motivation, get involved. Make the commitment! Stop worrying about the difficulties of writing a novel and just crash your story onto the page. Don’t let anyone stop you. The goal is to finish – you can worry about making it great later. It will be one of the most rewarding writing experiences of your life and it may be the start of a new belief in yourself and your ability to get the work done.

And when you’re ready to publish (meaning, you’ve revised, edited, and polished your story to be the best it can be), consider Abbott Press. You want to publish a great book – we’d like to help.

NaNoWriMo starts on Nov. 1, 2012. Start putting those ideas down on paper today.