Five Ways to Finish Your Novel

So, you’re a writer, but when people ask for a copy of your novel, you only have two or three chapters to share, and they may not even be from the same work. Finishing a book is hard work, and it’s all too easy to get distracted, overwhelmed, and discouraged.

When I first started writing, I struggled to move past the first chapter. I moved to short stories for a while so I could achieve a sense of completion but deep down, I wanted to be a novelist. Fast forward two years, I have now finished two novels, A Time of Stones and To Wield the Stars. 

If your a writer that struggles to finish your novel, below are five ways to help you.

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Writing in Twenty-Nineteen

Happy New Year! Yes I know I am nine days overdue but it has been an eventful start to the new year.

As we finish rinsing our champagne glasses and packing away our decorations, our focus turns to the year ahead. So here’s the big question:

What are your writing ambitions for the next 12 months?

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How To Keep Writing Through the Holidays

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

I haven’t done a Tuesday Discussion for a long time if you want to read over and contribute to the discussion on some of the previous posts, click the links below.

For those new to my blog, each week I pose a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and different perspectives of it. This week’s post is:

How do you keep writing through the holidays?

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Halfway Through NaNoWriMo

It’s NanoWriMo season again, and it’s time to talk about patience. It is important to understand how your skills as a writer develop and what realistic goals you can set for yourself. For those just beginning the annual event or veterans, here are some things to take away from NaNoWriMo.

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Three Ways To Improve Proofreading

Nobody wants to red a stry wit erors. That’s why proofreading is essential.

I am in the third round of edits for my debut novel, A Time of Stones and some might not enjoy it but I love the proofreading and editing process. It’s a time to focus on each word, correcting superficial errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and formatting. So the reader can trust the author and immerse into the story.

If you’d like to expedite your proofreading so you can get back to writing your story, consider these three tips.

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Four Elements in Your Novels End to Leave Readers Satisfied

In a previous post, Five Ways to End a Novel, I discussed different options for a novel to end. Whatever way you choose to end your novel there are some key elements that need to be included.

Four elements in your ending to leave readers satisfied.

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Seven Beginnings to Avoid in a Novel

Writers dream of the day their book gets published, I dream of the day my debut novel, ‘A Time of Stones’ gets published. It marks the end of a long journey full of hard work, disappointment, and finally success.

Unless you’re self-published, writers will have their work under the nose of a literary agent, who will then determine whether or not a particular story will make it to final publication. Literary agents have their likes and dislikes, preferences that are personal and ones defined by their publishing house. 

There are some strong opinions out there on what NOT to do at the beginning of a story, and here are some things below not to do.
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