Get Up Early

If you really want to write a novel, you have to commit yourself and maybe sacrifice a little.

  • Sacrifice a little sleep – get up an hour earlier and write
  • Sacrifice a little ‘you-time’ – instead of reading or gossiping or shopping or walking at lunch time – write for half an hour
  • Sacrifice a little television – write for an hour in the evening.
Within the two and a half hours you’ve given yourself to write, you can output about 1,667 words per day. Do this for a single month in a year and you’ll have yourself the first draft of a 50,000 word novel – about the length of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.