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The half-full glass

How do you maintain your momentum over the halfway hump? Author and lecturer James McCreet sends a bulletin from his novel in progress

This is my tenth novel

and the point at which

I pass the mythical

million words of writing

apprenticeship. I have

characters, I have a story and I have a

roughly mapped plot that’s sufficient

to give enough structure and sufficient

scenes to produce a workable draft. The

hard work is supposedly over.

And yet… It’s been a year since

I’ve written anything substantial – a

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Make this the month you make your dreams real and start becoming a writer in the Get Serious issue, with advice on: • How a change of attitude will help you, and the wider world, take your writing seriously • How to stay motivated past the difficult mid-novel slump • Money matters: Are you charging enough for your freelance writing? PLUS How to make sense of your royalty statements Cover star Jake Arnott tells us about finding the stories and characters that society overlooks and we explore the style and technique of forensic crime superstar Patricia Cornwell Get your work out there with opportunities to get published and competitions with more than £60,000 total prize money in 20 packed pages of Writers' News. All this plus our definitive guide to writing festivals, courses and other events for 2017