Monday, 24 March 2014


  • STOP IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Make sure that whenever you were last writing you stopped at an interesting point. This means that you'll be eager to continue when you get back to it.
  • GET INTO THE ZONE. Read through the latest two or three pages (or even more) of what you've written - this will take you away from what's happening around you, and into the world of the story you're creating. 
  • DANGLE A CARROT. Make an agreement with yourself that after you've written a certain number of words you'll give yourself a present - a coffee, something good to eat, chocolate, anything you enjoy...
  • SET YOURSELF A TARGET - "I'll write ... words in the next 30 minutes" - and keep to it. Don't delete anything, just write. It might just remind your brain that that is what you want it to be doing at the moment.
  • FOCUS ON ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS. If you absolutely cannot write any prose, take one of your characters and compose his/her complete life history. Birthplace, childhood, events that happened at school, in teens, first love, likes and dislikes, etc.
  • WALK AWAY WITH A PROMISE. If you can't even motivate yourself to do this, then walk away AFTER promising yourself that you will come back after a certain time and write for at least 30 minutes.
  • VISUALISATION.  Picture your finished book - edited, printed, cover designed, blurb written, complete.

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