I can’t finish… this book, what now?

Whether you’re reading or writing a novel it’s important to love what you’re doing. When you’re reading a novel, enjoy the plot, understand the characters, and live in the setting even if you never left your bed. But, if you’re writing a novel then that’s a different challenge, but still conquerable, nonetheless. You just have to well… keep writing. What happens when you just. can’t. finish?

I like to call this book fatigue. You see, you can either be reading or writing but the feeling is still the same. Sometimes, in order to finish you have to admit that you can’t finish and then somehow you…. finish. (Wow, that was a lot of bad writing)

Anyway, book fatigue is when you just don’t want to see a book, at all. You’re a writer and you’ve spent a majority of your time being so involved with novels that you forgot what your TV looks like (I often forget that I own a FireStick… LOL). And you clicked on this post because you want to know, what now?

If you can’t finish reading a novel, don’t worry because it isn’t the end of the world. The novel that you can’t finish reading may not be your genre or you might find the way that is written horribly. However, I encourage you to look at this situation differently. What is it exactly that you don’t like and is this in your own writing?

Oh yea, here is where we enroll ourselves into “writer’s therapy” because as a perfectionist, by nature, we often forget that we can see ourselves in another’s work. The trick here is to make it work for yourself. A prime example is that I was reading a novel whose entire story was built through the use of poetry and I realized how much I hated it because it was a reflection of my own writing.

No, I don’t typically place free forming lines of poetry throughout my novels, but I felt like my style was being stolen in that most of the emotions that were being created were done so through the usage of figurative language.

(I know, petty… I’m not the only writer in the world who can write a metaphor)

But, on the bright side, this challenged me to practice brevity more in my writing. Less description and more scene, in essence, I learned something from a book I couldn’t stand.

I invite you to do the same.

But what if you can’t finish writing the novel? There’s always a million and one ways to conquer writer’s block but typically they all aim at only a specific section and not a nice chunk of 65,000 words. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t as easy as it seems so if you can’t finish… give up.

Yea, I said it… give up. You see, if you allow your brain to believe that you’re giving up you won’t stop writing and you’ll finish sooner than you anticipated. It works. And, through taking this extended breathers when you come back to your novel you will feel refreshed!

And lastly, always revisit the reasons as to why you came to this life in the first place, whether it was because you loved good books or writing was an outlet, whatever the case… always remember that it will be right here waiting for you.



4 thoughts on “I can’t finish… this book, what now?

      1. Yea, it does provide a sense of comfort to know that you’re done. It’s how I felt when I finished Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulson

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