In This Chapter
Using bribes and rewards
Doing away with self-criticism
Seeking out supportive friends and writers
Writing is difficult – no two ways about it. To complete a full-length book, you need all the help you can get. So set yourself some targets and give yourself regular rewards to help you see your project through to the end.
If you really want – and can afford – something like a special holiday, a particular piece of clothing or an item for the house, try putting off buying it until you finish your first draft. Then put off the next thing you really want until you complete the second draft. Be firm: promise yourself that you won’t give in to temptation, and stick to it!
I know one writer who even made herself give up chocolate until she finished her draft. This (drastic!) method isn’t for everyone, but it makes a good point: you need willpower to finish a large writing project. Maybe if you can’t give up something you love for a few weeks or months, you’re not going to have the strength of will to finish a book either.