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2. Leave the document open on your computer, then it'll nag you to go back to it.
3. Don't have long gaps between writing. Even if you write half a page a day you'll be making progress and your work isn't so likely to go stale.
4. When you're done, find some beta readers – no more than three – who you really trust.
5. Also, trust your instincts. If it feels right it's probably fine. If it feels wrong it probably is wrong. Listen to your instincts. I once wrote a whole novel that I felt wasn't right but I kept pressing on. I wish I hadn't bothered. My agent didn't like it either.