Take Five: #3: Good influences

Take Five
Five-minute reads about writing
to help you with NaNoWriMo
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2011
Courtesy: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)

#3: Good influences

Former literary agent Nathan Bransford (@NathanBransford) has helpfully contributed an open post to help NaNoWriMo participants, giving his top five ways to stay motivated. One of his tips includes - peer pressure:

Tip: Befriend writers who have finished a novel.

Before I knew real writers, the idea of writing a novel seemed so impossibly vast it seemed almost magical. But then you get to know the people behind the books, and there's not as much of a secret to it: They are people who sat in place for as long as it took to write a novel.

Get to know them. Lean on them. They may give you a blank, pitying, horrified stare when you start fretting you’re never going to finish, but that blank stare will get you back to the keyboard in no time.