So, with the blog taking a holiday break next week, here's a three-part creative visualization exercise to keep you brainstorming your book's completion. I hope it'll feed your writing right to the New Year. (It's from my part 2 online class, which still has some spots open for January term, if you'd like to join us--to keep your book alive and kicking until the sun shines again.)
Three-Step Creative Visualization Exercise for Book Writers Who Want to Actually Finish Their Books
Print the image or cut it out and paste it to the front of your book cover.
You know those blurbs that are on the cover of books after they are published? In your wildest dreams, who do you want to write a blurb for your book? Which reviewers from The New York Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly might read your book and rave about it? Draft some stellar reviews for your book and paste them to the back cover.
Some of my students go all out with this exercise, adding a bar code and back cover copy and even a spine. Get into it--it's really fun (and actually helps you feel like you might someday finish!).
When books are published, someone (friends, relatives, book clubs, even the publisher sometimes) will throw you a publication party. What would you just love to have at yours? Music, food, literary stars, speeches, thousands of books sold? Set your kitchen timer for 20 minutes and list all your wishes.
Put these up where you can see them, in your writing room or on your desktop or phone. They are big boosts for doldrum days.
Happy holidays and see you again toward the New Year!