How To Make Sure You Finish The First Draft Of Your Novel

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Finishing the first draft of a novel for the very first time is for a writer akin to finally learning to swim.

You’ll have spent so much time struggling to complete a finished draft—floundering in a sea of confusion, frustration and procrastination—that when you finally finish it can seem like you’ve been saved from drowning.

You have learned to swim and you are now free to take yourself in any direction you want to go. Suddenly, it’s not about keeping yourself from drowning, but about staying afloat and swimming towards the goal of a fully completed novel.

The choppy seas have calmed somewhat, making it easier for you swim.

Once you know you are capable of finishing the first draft of a novel, things change. A mental shift occurs and suddenly you have the confidence to feel like a real writer.

You now have what it takes to write novels.

There’s no going back after that.

You’ve done it, you know you can do it and you will keep doing it.

It’s a milestone that every novelist has to cross in order to find success, which is why it is so important that you do all you can to insure that first draft gets completed.

If you still struggle to finish the first draft of a novel, don’t despair, all is not lost. It’s not as hard as you think and there are things you can do to make reaching that goal even easier.

4 Absolute Requirements For Writing Mastery And Success

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It’s no great secret that people who have excelled in one discipline will often excel in another when they turn their attention to it.

Why?

They have learned the art of mastery.

The previously mastered discipline is not important.

What are important are the lessons to be learned from it.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to be looking at some of the lessons to be learned from mastering a particular discipline, then we are going to apply those lessons to writing.

Mastery is the same across all disciplines, whether in sports, the arts, science or whatever.

To master your discipline—in this case writing—there are certain things you must do in order to make that possible.

If writing means more to you than superficial success—and if you want to master writing and being a writer—learn and apply the following lessons.