*Nonfiction* and *Fiction*

Originally this week’s topic was going to be about transitioning to the middle of your book, but I don’t think I have much more to say on that besides what we already covered last week.

Instead I’m going to cover a struggle that is probably more relevant to your interests right now.

Writing a book is HARD.

There’s a decent chance that, at the moment, you’re not where you wanted to be in your outline. At some point over the last two months, you got busy, and you fell behind in your writing schedule. You’ve probably lost some of your enthusiasm from the beginning of the year. Maybe you’re even wondering if you should bother continuing.

All of these feelings are normal.

Lots of people want to write books. The reason most of them don’t is because they get to where you’re at right now, and they quit.

Don’t quit.

If you really want to write your book, if you’re really committed to sharing your story with the world, then you have to learn to write even when you don’t feel like it. Even when you sit in front of your computer, staring at that blinking cursor, with no ideas in your head, you have to put your fingers on the keyboard and put words on the page. That is the only way you are going to finish writing your book. You can’t wait for inspiration to strike; you have to reach out and seize it.

You have that discipline and perseverance within yourself, but only you can pull those qualities out. So no matter where you are in your book, no matter how frustrated you might feel, sit down today and write. Then do it again tomorrow. And the next day. It will get easier over time, and it’s never too late to jump back in. Don’t give up! Your story deserves to be told. I know you can do it, Author!

Keep writing, and stay tuned for next week’s guest post by New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Levin, where he’ll share the origin of writer’s block and how to overcome it.

*This Week’s Word Count*
Nonfiction: 7,875
Your book is as long as: “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
Fiction: 12,500
Your book is as long as: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving


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