How to Finish Writing a Novel Without Losing Your Sanity

novel writing on a deadline

If you’re trying to finish writing a book on a deadline, you’ve probably been full of inspiration, exhilaration, frustration, and despair.

We thought we’d share a handful of our favorite articles on the topic of novel writing, just in case you need a boost!

BookBaby’s top 5 articles on novel writing

  1. Top 3 Tips for Writing Your First Novel – You’ve finished a dozen good short stories and now you mean business! You’re going to try your hand at a novel. Before you set out into uncharted territory, here are a few things to consider…
  2. Janet Fitch’s 10 Tips That Can Help Any Writer – From Janet Fitch’s blog. She is the author of White Oleander (picked for Oprah’s Book Club) and Paint It Black.
  3. Finishing Your Novel: How to Know When Your Book is Done – You’re always going to want to go back and fix something…
  4. Dangerous Writing: How to Amplify What’s at Stake in Your Novel – Safe writing will sink you. But to take risks in your writing means, of course, that you’re risking failure — and that is scary stuff! Scary, scary, necessary stuff.
  5. Time Management Tips for Writers on a Deadline – Arbitrary deadlines and a sense of camaraderie with other writers may give someone the nudge they need to get started writing the next great novel.

How are you doing with your writing project? Hit any stumbling blocks yet? Let us know in the comments section below.


Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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