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Productivity Tips For Finishing Your Novel

Productivity Tips For Finishing Your Novel

Productivity Tips For Finishing Your Novel

Being a writer, or any kind of artist, can be amazing, especially when you’re feeling inspired. When inspiration strikes you, and you start writing those first few pages of a great short story or novel, the world takes an almost magical feel. You lose yourself in something completely outside of your own reality, no matter what genre you’re writing in, whether it’s traditional literature, fantasy, or mystery. But other times, being a writer can be extremely challenging. Especially if you’re working on a big project like a novel, you’re going to have days where you sit in front of your laptop or notebook and feel like you can’t write even one word.

Luckily, there are lots of strategies you can use to stay productive. And while not all of them might work for you, a couple are bound to work--and that’s all you need. So if you’re ready to learn more about how to finally get that novel written, read on.

Get off social media and the Internet

While writing is an addictive feeling, sometimes there’s something even more addictive at reach: social media. Far too many times, we’re in the middle of writing, and pick up our phone to check notifications, messages, or see what’s going on on Instagram. It’s no surprise that, in 2017, 70 percent of businesses in the US were using Instagram, because people get on their phones and check it all the time. So if you think you’re one of those people who’s constantly distracted by their phones, it’s time to put yours on airplane mode--or not even bring it with you at all to the cafe you’re working at.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to turn off your wifi if you’re working on a laptop, or at least block addictive websites like Facebook. It’s too easy to suddenly look up at your computer and realize that you’ve just spent the last twenty minutes scrolling through meaningless status updates instead of working on your novel!

If you really want to get connected, think about joining a writing group or taking a class at your local university. It’s a great idea to share your writing with other people. For example, if you have a writing partner you work with every day at the same cafe, you’re both holding each other accountable. Taking a class can help you improve on your craft, too!

Create a ritual

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When you’re first writing a novel, it can be easy to feel inspired. You’re writing about new characters, new conflicts, new worlds, and everything exciting. But once you reach the end of Chapter 3 or 4, things start to slow down, and you aren’t entirely sure where things are going. That’s where having a ritual can be helpful. By creating a daily habit that works for you, by the time you sit down, you’ll feel ready to face those blank pages ahead.

According to Haruki Murakami, it works like this: “When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at nine p.m.

I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.”

Whether you go for a long walk before sitting down to write for five hours, or you write on the subway on your commute to and from work, carve out a space of time for your ritual, and stick to it. Considering that, in 2017, 20 percent of respondents in a Statistica survey read up to 10 average books a year, you could end up getting a lot of fans if your ritual works.

Get your heart and mind pumped

Another great way to get inspired is by getting exercise. There’s something about going out for a run or doing a spin class that gets your heart racing and gets your mind off of your anxieties. In moments like this, your mind starts thinking subconsciously about things, which means you’ll get great, surprising ideas the same way you do in the shower. So keep your phone with you, listening to Spotify while you run or do bodyweight exercises, so that you can quickly jot down any inspiring thoughts.

Soon, you’ll love these exercise days, the same way that someone working in an office in Carrollwood, Florida loves Friday happy hour specials. Besides, only 23 percent of US adults get the exercise they need, so this is likely to improve your lifestyle, too.

These are some of the best ways to ensure that you stay productive while working on a project as intense as writing a novel. What other strategies would work for you?

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