As 2010 gets closer to the end, consider these tools to help you get that story completed.
First is National Novel Writing Month, which begins on November 1st. Called NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write to a certain number of words to have a first draft of a novel done in 30 days. Get out the quantity of words without worrying about the quality. Let yourself make mistakes, but get that novel written.
Second, is an open source writing software meant to eliminate those pesky distractions (like email) that keep you from putting those fingers on the keyboard. Try out FocusWriter. Here’s part of the description from the website:
FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during your next writing session, and has many other features that make it such that only one thing matters: your writing.
Lastly, join a critique group. Some of the members of SOLA have one. There are two ways to join that group: email one of the moderators (hpsarabethATgmailDOTcom) for an invitation or go to the group to click on the link “Join This Group”. Members give critiques a chapter at a time to help you find your strengths and weaknesses.
Good luck. Keep writing. Finish what you begin.