So, first, an apology: I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging because my life became a little crazy for a while. To put it all bluntly, I’m getting a divorce (and life got weird). If you want to read more about that, click here: http://poetsrevolver.blogspot.com/2013/04/divorce-and-stuff.html
People ask me all the time… How did I do it? How did I have enough stamina to write an entire 90k word novel? Well, I’m not an expert. I’ve never been published. I'm not Stephen King. There are probably a million articles with ideas on the same topic. I’m just going to say what worked for me.
1. There will never be enough time to write it, so just get started.
It’s true that, for this novel, I had a few months to dedicate myself to it. However, that isn’t why I finished my novel. To be honest, it’s not my first attempt at a novel. I’ve actually got two unfinished novels that I wrote before it (clocking in at 60k and 45k words, respectively). I wrote both of those with a full time job and school all at once. The reason I didn’t finish those is not because I didn’t have the time, but because those weren’t works worth finishing.
My first two novels weren’t good, but they were very important. By doing two novels before this one, I learned how to write. I learned about how my brain needed to process a long, cohesive document.
However, if you want to actually write a novel, you need to get started and make time. Make time means pushing other things to the side. There’s always an excuse to not write. Always. Too sleepy. Hungry. Ballgame is on. If you want to complete a novel project, you’ve got to make it one of your top priorities and push everything else out.