By Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist. Please sign up for free updates athttp://eepurl.com/ceSobT
If you’re like most people, your life is busy, filled with work, home chores, and family responsibilities. But you also need some time to work on your novel. What can you do?
Set Small Writing Goals
If your writing time is limited, try setting small writing goals. Some ideas:
- Decide how quickly you want to write or rewrite a single chapter (for example, one chapter per week).
- Then decide how many days per week you can write. Three or four days per week might be realistic for some people.
- Next, decide how much time you have to write on those days (e.g., one or two hours).
- Set realistic goals for each writing session. For example, you might try writing just one or two scenes or three to six pages during a single session.
The Results Add Up!
These goals might seem ridiculously small, but the results really add up! If, for example, you write one chapter per week, you’ll end up with four chapters per month. That means, if your novel has twenty-eight chapters, you can finish one draft of your manuscript in seven months.
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