Am I the best person to give advice on finishing a first draft? No. Will that stop me from preaching what I don’t practice? Nope.
Take a break.
For my first novel, I took a long hiatus but eventually got around to finishing it.
Just make sure you actually return to your unfinished manuscript at some point.
Edit or proofread.
Sometimes, I’d rather edit than write. My mood bosses me around.
Again, you can fall into the trap of only editing your half-finished manuscript rather than writing the ending to it. Hopefully, making edits will get so painful that you choose the lesser of two evils.
Talk to someone.
We all need a friend who will listen to our problems.
You don’t even have to talk about writing. Perhaps all you need is a little bit of encouragement.
I wish you the best of luck in finishing your first drafts. It’s not an easy feat, but the feeling is like none other.
If you have any advice, feel free to tell me. I need all the help I can get.