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If it's 400 words, then you'll write 2000 in a week and you'll have your novel finished in about 10 months. If it's 800 words, you'll be finished in 5 months.
And that's how I go about writing a novel. I work out my workload, break it down into easily achievable sections and just keep at it. It's called discipline.
It's amazing how work mounts up. You don't feel too overwhelmed because your daily schedule doesn't push you too hard. You write your novel one step at a time.
3. Don't worry about what you're writing.
If I worried about quality of what I was writing in my first draft, I'd give up. It would be too hard.
Instead, I try and get story down as quickly as possible. No outlines. No chapter-by-chapter headings. I just tell a story.
I know that when I come back to it, there will be lots to improve and to work on. But by that time, I'll have written my book. I'll just be editing it and redrafting it.
I hope these tips help. It's been part of technique I've developed to help me to get to end of each novel. They are not golden rules - feel free to break them. They just work for me.
Andy Walsh is a househusband and writer living in Cumbria in the UK. He writes novels, short stories, articles and poems some of which you can read at http://www.stbrodag.com. Check out 'PROMOTE YOUR WRITING' at http://www.stbrodag.com/promote/promote.htm.