Finish that Book – Guest Post by Jessi Roberts

A guest post I did for Bryan Davis.

The Author's Chair

Jessi RobertsAll published books have one crucial characteristic in common that you must master before you will be a published author. It’s not any of the usual qualities writing teachers insist upon—showing instead of telling, motivation/reaction units, or proper character arcs.

What is the secret?

All published books are finished.

While many published books are poorly written, some to the point they’re painful to read, they are finished.

I don’t have much experience with getting published, but I have completed the first step—finishing a rough draft, so I’ll provide some tips on how to do that. Keep in mind every writer has his or her own style, so this may not apply to you. This is what works for me.

  1. Set goals you can reach. These goals can be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. I’ve been using Scrivener, which tracks these goals. For example, I know that I won’t write on…

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About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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