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  1. Chessie2

    Chessie2 Staff Article Team

    Chessie2 submitted a new blog post:

    Pushing To The End
    by Rose Andrews


    I had the fortune of finishing my first novel of 2018 the day after Halloween. After almost an entire year of starting, stopping, starting, stopping, starting, going, going, going, stopping, deleting, etc, the end has finally come.

    Finishing a book is comparable to climbing a mountain or racing a marathon. It’s both of those things yet neither one. Writing a book to completion is an entirely mental feat. The push to finish can take months or years but once you get there...oh, man, fireworks!

    Yet many writers never get there. They start out fully intending to but ‘reasons’ get in the way. Maybe it’s work, family, school, any number of life things. The days go by and you stop writing. Weeks pass, maybe years, and that manuscript is still haunting your dreams. The lamest part of all is that the longest you are away from your writing, the harder it is to go back to it.

    Finishing takes grit and discipline. I know you can do it, and that’s why I’d like to share a few tips that I use in order to finally type “THE END”.

    Make Finishing a Priority

    This is going to vary from writer to writer, but all I can do is share what works for me in this regard.

    Priority means that, aside from my family, day job, and basic responsibility, nothing else can take the lead on my life until the book is finished. Priority, for you, will largely depend on your schedule and the activities that make...
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  2. skip.knox

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    Amen, sister. Most of my learning process regarding writing has been a muddled blur, but a couple of moments stand out, and finishing that first story is one of them. My whole attitude toward my writing changed. And by "finishing" I mean getting all the way to published (or self-published)--getting the story finally and irretrievably out of my hands. Once I knew what "finished" felt like, I could look forward to that feeling again. I had moved from "planning to write" to "writing" to "has written."

    Deadlines are new for me. I hired an editor this time, and there's a date I have to meet. The tip about pre-orders is a great one. Next time. Thanks for this article.
  3. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    I almost didn't write this comment, as you got me fired up to write ;)
    Before I get to it, could you tell me what your experience has been with this draft2digital? I'm hoping to (finally) push through to the end of one of my stories, and am waying my options on how to best self-publish a story.
  4. Chessie2

    Chessie2 Staff Article Team

    Draft2Digital is a great way to distribute wide; I cannot say well enough about them. They make uploading and keeping track of your sales easy. Their customer service is great, too. Distributing wide vs KU is definitely something you want to look into long before you publish and your decision will really weigh on your long term goals, mostly, at least imo.
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  5. Chessie2

    Chessie2 Staff Article Team

    I'm glad you found the article useful! Deadlines are the way to go for those of us who need some serious motivation to finish.

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