Joel’s Journal – Finish Novel to Enter



It was an early morning today, and the first of many.

As I’ve always said, going by the word of Stephen King, it shouldn’t take more than a season to finish a novel. That’s based on his assumption of writing 2,000 words a day (which, as you know, I don’t agree with), but I still think the premise is a good one. And I’ll give you three reasons why.

But first, if you want a more personal look at the writing as it unfolds over the next few weeks, be sure to check out my other social media accounts and follow along.

My eyes are already starting to droop, and it’s only 7:30 p.m., but I know it will get easier as the days go on. Right?

Well, I am doing this for a reason, not just for the principle of it (because I do quite often state that this is the best way to write a novel) but because simply it forces me to write and just get the story out on the page. It may look like only a pile of words on paper when it’s done, but it’s a finished novel. I can worry about the editing and the frills later. That’s taking my own advice.

So, on to my three reasons.


First, timing. When working on a project, timing it with the changing seasons is a great idea.

As the seasons change so does your mood, your thoughts, your hopes for the coming months. Starting to write a novel at this point will not only make it easier to find motivation, when everything feels new and exciting, but it will also help to keep your mind on track, putting the beginning of your story in synch with the beginning of the season.


Second, this is a pretty simple one to explain. If you want to get a project done, a three to four month window is pretty open. It allows for quite a bit of procrastination, as long as that slacking is balanced off with some serious hours logged in front of the computer.

Also, if you hope to get solid writing done throughout the year, being in synch with the seasons ensures you’ll get three to four solid projects completed every year, which is a pretty solid turnout.


Finally, the process yields results, simple as that. Tied in with the second reason, the productivity creates a finished product.

Setting a deadline for yourself is crucial, it can be tiresome at times (believe me, as a reporter, I know this better than anyone), but it also helps to make sure you get shit done.

And mainly, that’s the most important part.

Thanks for reading,


P.S. Be sure to check back Wednesday for my Feature post all about my recent talk with a Writer’s Craft class.