Since we are on the topic of writing novels, I have applied a discipline that I have learned in my years of working in magazines into this fine craft. The deadline.
To decide you will write a 50,000-word manuscript without a finish date will open your schedule up to sooo many distractions. So give yourself a finite amount of time to complete the task. If you’ve got that synopsis of a book stewing in your head, make it your goal to complete it in, say, 30 days. A month is how long NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty recommends in his book, No Plot? No Problem. And his advice works!
Check out the article I wrote that was published on Suite 101 titled Writer’s Block, Be Gone — Tips on How to Write Your First Novel. I shared the tips that worked for me to complete the manuscript of Undercover Tai Tai, my second novel.