We've all been there, drawn in by a beautiful cover or summary on the back of a paperback, enthralled by an enthusiastic review on Goodreads or an inquisitive book group chat. Then we read a few pages, or 50, and knew, whether immediately or 50 pages in, that it was just not for us.
Despite this, many of us have dreams of writing our own books. We get a paragraph or two written, painstakingly, before real life demands pull you away from your manuscript. One step forward, two steps back — and before you know it years have gone by without you finishing your book.
Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way. The key to getting around writers block and procrastination is to set goals that are achievable, and then work to reach them. This is why so many people succeed at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which participants aim to write 50,000 words in one month. This article provides a simple goal-setting formula that is easy to implement and will help you make the progress you need to finish your book.