This post originally appeared on Creative Caravan Club on 1/8/15.
Are you trying to write a novel within the next few weeks or months, but you just can’t seem to stick to a regular writing schedule?
The following tips will work for anyone who wants to write a book within a short period of time:
1. Set up your writing time as a regular appointment with yourself.
Plan specific times you will write each week, then write down these times on a calendar or day planner, just the way you would any other appointment.
2. Break down your novel, short story, or article into small chunks.
If you’re writing a novel, break down each chapter into scenes. Then schedule time to write just one scene at a time.
3. Give yourself some slack while you’re committed to completing a big writing project, like writing a book.
Save some of your other writing for later. You want to plan, start and finish your book within a short period of time. You won’t be able to do that if you also try to write a million other things.