Getting started on your novel is a lot harder than finishing it. Wait…or is it the other way around?

Learn more about TimI think the English poet William Wordsworth had it right when he said, quite poetically:

“To begin, begin.”

Yeah! This is easier for some than for others, though.

When faced with a big project like writing a novel, writers have different approaches—and it has a lot to do with personality.

For some, starting is easy. It’s the ongoing effort they have trouble with.

For others, it’s the opposite: they’ll put off starting as long as possible, but once they get the first few words on paper, they’re off to the races and nothing seems to stop them.

What’s easier for you? Let us know in the comments below.


Before you add your comment, be sure to join us for the 10K Novel-Writing Challenge in October.

The 10K Challenge is a great way to:

  • Force yourself to write 1,000 words a day
  • Overcome writer’s block
  • Start a daily writing habit

From October 1–10, it’s go time! Sign up now


Now it’s your turn to weight in:

In your experience, has it been harder to get started or to keep going? Can you share any “life hacks” or workarounds that have helped you?

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