Nothing really worth it ever came easy.
If you are looking for a career in writing, you have three choices:
- Give up
- Give in
- Give it all you’ve got.
If you choose to give up, then it really isn’t your passion to write, or you write for all the wrong reasons. Giving up because it is hard only shows that this is not something that your heart is really in to. When something is important to you, you will find a way. If it is not all that important to you, then you make excuses.
Secondly, you can give in. You might wonder how this might be different than giving up. The way that I see it, giving up is what happens in the beginning when you realize how hard something really is and you decide it is not worth it. Giving in, however, is when you know the hardships full well and go after your dream. You push through some hard times, but eventually the pain will out-weigh the passion for you, so you give into the pressure and let it go.
Finally, you can choose to give it all you’ve got. Something that I have learned in school is that your passion is measured by your pursuit. If you really want this, then you will go after it with the recognition that yes, there will be days that are hard and there will be days that you really don’t feel like doing it, but because it is your passion and purpose, you endure to the end.
If you want to make it writing, you have to give it all you’ve got. That means even on the hard days you are pushing through. That means that even when you don’t feel like it, you’re still going. Why? Because you remind yourself of the purpose you have in writing.
If your passion is measured by your pursuit, where are you in this race? Will you endure?
1. Listen to Music: Listening to songs can give you great ideas and inspiration for your next writing! It works best if you listen for deeper meaning and try to analyze the lyrics of the songs!
2. Take A Break: I know when I type for a while, I lose inspiration sometimes. If this happens to you, take a break and get a snack or watch television for a few minutes, then come back and see if you’ve got new inspiration.
3. Be Prepared: Prepare for the battle with a writer’s worst enemy! Take a notebook and write prompts or things of that nature for yourself and then when you have writers block, come back and use your notebook to write something that will give you inspiration.
4. Fill In: Do you already have the end of your writing or a later event or point in your writing planned? Think of a great way to fill in from where you are now to where that event is. It’s like coming up with a perfect route from point A to point B!
5. Base It On YOU: Did something happen in your life that fills you with extreme emotion? Write about it! Fill people with the same emotion! Write something that’s based on that event! It’s all about YOU!
In directing a writing group for middle and high school students, something that I have found to be a motivation and even a cure for writer’s block is a word war. This works especially well if your writers are competitive and for you as well. Countless times I have heard them say they were working on their book and then they stumbled upon a case of writer’s block and haven’t written more than a sentence in 2 or more days.
This is when I would declare what the Writers Unleashed group fondly refers to as “word wars”!
In a word war, there is a set time limit and in that time you have to write as many words in your book (short story, article, written piece) as possible and whoever writes the most words in that time wins. It is as simple as that. What did they win exactly? Well, usually they got over their writers block quickly in order to come out on top and they also would manage to jump 1, 2, 3 and even 8 thousand words in a single session. Our average session is 2 hours long.
Here is the challenge:
Find another writer willing to work with (well, I guess it would be against you) and set the time limit and write for your life! This works well if you are competitive, have writers block, or even if you have trouble finishing. This forces you to turn off your inner editor and finish the project. You can edit later – just get it all written.
Set 30 minutes on the clock and write as fast and as hard as you can. In the comment box leave your word-count for an all-POP word war!
I suppose we authors should come with a warning sign stamped on our foreheads “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel”. No matter how creative that our minds can get when we write, when it comes to the root of everything our initial inspiration is almost always due to:
- Something someone did, or
- something someone said.
When it comes down to the heart of the characters that we create, often times they are based on ourselves, people we know, people we’ve met or people we have read about or who intrigue us. We write what we know. Of course that doesn’t mean that when you write a novel you won’t first research to get the better picture, but when it comes down to it, you have a pretty solid idea of what you are seeing for your novel.
Who knows how it all really happens? One minute you’re in a conversation with a good friend over coffee and then all the sudden she says something to you and it triggers a whole new novel in your brain like that! Or maybe you saw something as you were out shopping or picking up the kids and instantly a storyline and a chapter formulates in your mind. Wherever the inspiration strikes you, write it down! These unexpected moments that play ideas through your mind are quite possibly the best ideas you could have and far easier to come by than when you are sitting at your computer, spinning in your chair with a blank document up on the screen attempting to find inspiration and ideas for the completed work you dream to be on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Take some time this week. Look for the novel inspired by a single phrase or action. And maybe warn those close to you, “Careful, you’ll end up in my novel…”
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