I decided to post some of their tips from Chapter six so all you budding authors can create the right environment! I thought these were too good not to share. I like how the end of each chapter sums up all you've read in a handy-dandy 'Tips' section.
I figure if I can plug pages upon pages of Fan fiction, then I can surely start plugging an even rougher version of a real novel that can one day be published. You can even set a goal to have a first rough draft of a novel in 3 months time if you stick to your plan.
• Set yourself a daily writing quota of three pages. (Cut out the heroics and stick to three, you can gradually work yourself up to 4 or 5)
• Write during the time of day when you feel most alert. Set aside the same time in the same place every day for writing. Writing should become part of your daily routine.
• Pick a location where you can be productive, whether you require background noise or absolute silence to write.
• Take a few minutes every day before you start writing to visualize what you're going to work on.
• Think positively. Get enthused and excited about writing every day.
• Avoid all interruptions during your writing time.
• Work out dialogue by speaking it aloud.
• Reward yourself after you complete your daily three pages. (A pint of Ben and Jerry's or Breyers ice cream should do the trick!)
• Keep writing--even through writer's block. Switch to another chapter or section of the novel if difficulty persists.
• Count the number of pages you write every day. Just because you wrote extra pages yesterday is no excuse to fall short today.
• Use different color folders to hold your manuscript and your outline.
• When you reach the end of your novel, take time to review what you wrote and fill in any gaps you might find. Check any dubious facts. (SO IMPORTANT for those like myself who want to create a rich historical atmosphere.)
• Relax. Let your manuscript "cool" for a while. (This could even be for weeks! Don't talk about your novel either, so you're not tempted to go in and edit to the point of death.)