This is going to be a short post because I’m in the middle of FINISHING THE D*MN BOOK.
Things to do to finish your own D*MN BOOK:
1) Keep your bum in the chair. The work is 99% not fun work. It just isn’t.
2) Give yourself mini tasks and be a taskmaster and stick to them. So if you say “I’m not getting up, even to pee, until I’ve revised two chapters,” then do not get up. Just don’t. (The fire alarm is probably just a false alarm.)
3) Learn to write with distractions. I always have some child screaming or singing or a cat crying or a neighbor mowing his lawn or the oven timer going off or or or… These distractions are not going to stop, and that’s okay. It means this isn’t a post-apocalyptic world and there are still humans around. Yay!
I read so many writing books about limiting distractions. How about you just sit down and write DESPITE the distractions?
(NOTE: I have ADD. If I can write with distractions, you can too.)
4) Send the query letter out a draft or two before finishing. It has a phenomenal way of creating a fire under your bum to finish a book you believe people are holding their breaths for.
(Just imagine them waiting at their desk, staring at their in-box, tears in their eyes as they await YOUR very much anticipated story.)
Okay then. Time to go finish the D*MN BOOK.