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This one might be fun. Let's do #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum. Follow the hashtag to collect them all!
1. We've all been there. You're halfway through a story, and you seem to just suddenly run out of steam. You start thinking longingly about new projects. Could you have fallen out of love with your WIP? Don't fret. Here's how to get back in the groove. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
2. Is the problem your characters? Spend some quality time with them. Get to know them better. It's hard to care about people you don't know. If you need them to change, tell them so. Are they boring? That's on you. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
3. Have you lost the plot? Go back and find the part where you stopped caring what happens. Give your character a problem to solve, an adversary to defeat, a mystery to resolve. Up the stakes. Create tension. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
4. Go back to where you first fell in love. What was your story's starting-point? What did you set of trying to achieve? Where and why did you go off-piste? What do you need to rekindle the flame? #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
5. Give yourself a three-month break. Flirt with other manuscripts. Them come back to your WIP with a new objectivity and a renewed appreciation. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
6. Do you often walk out on your projects? Ask yourself some hard questions. Why do you do it? Are you afraid of commitment? Are you afraid to complete a project because that would mean taking it to the next stage? #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
7. Are you always seeking the buzz of starting something new? That's fine; but at some point you're going to have to follow through. Writing isn't all hearts and roses. You need to do some hard work, too, if you want to see results. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
8. Are you asking too much of yourself? Manage your expectations. Most first drafts are pretty dire: but if you manage to reach the end, you'll have some foundations to build on. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
9. Do you have too many ideas? Choose one to finish, and stick with it. Make sure it's a good one, though; you're going to be spending a long time perfecting it. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
10. Lastly, there's always the possibility that your project is really dead. If it is, then grieve and move on. You can always use some of the ideas somewhere else; and remember, no time spent in honing your skills is ever really wasted. #TenWaysToKeepYourMomentum
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