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How to Get Your Book Finished by the End of the Year

We’re in the homestretch of the year, and you might be finishing your book with no problem. If you’re stuck though, here are some things you might try that will motivate yourself to finish your book by the end of the year.

If you started off well but have slowed to a crawl, take a moment to think about what worked for you at the beginning.

Do you like starting a fresh document?

Then, try making each chapter a separate document.

Did you work at a specific time and now find yourself working sporadically?

Try working with the schedule you used at the beginning.

Are you stuck?

Have a friend (or a writing group) look through what you’ve finished so far and give some feedback. You might just need a fresh perspective to get back on track.

Do you have an outline for the rest of your book?

Try working on different parts and fill in the outline as you go. You don’t have to stick with working from the beginning to the end. Write the end, jump around and write parts of each chapter, don’t worry about working in a certain order.

Figure out what you have left to do to finish your book and write a schedule.

  • Do you need to write a certain number of words per day?
  • Do you need to do one day of editing per week along with writing?
  • Can you set up a specific time each day to work for the final stretch?
These are just a few tips to help you. Good luck writing your book and finishing it by the end of the year! You can do it!

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