Writing takes a commitment from you. Are you ready to commit?
Perhaps you’ve dreamt of it for years, but you can’t get started for some reason. Why? Because you’re afraid to commit.
What if you fail? Or what if it sucks. (Which it will in the beginning.)
Getting started is the hardest part. Dreaming about it is so much easier. Why? Because once you’ve committed to doing it, anything else would be quitting.
I hate quitting. I will keep at something even when I know I have to try something else. If it’s a movie I don’t particularly like, I’ll keep watching. I’ve committed to watching that movie.
It’s the same with writing. But I did quit even after six books that were a small publisher. The minute I gained the rights back, I stopped. And now, here I am committing again because writing is still my heart. But I will do it differently now.
Now I Help You To Commit
If you want to write and it’s on your heart to do, then I ask that you commit to it. And when it gets tough, you recommit.
Are you scared to commit to 1000 words a day? That is what I have decided to do. Do I hit it every day? Nope. But I get right back to it.
Even if it’s hard, do it anyways in some sort of fashion, at least.
There will be things that will tear you away from your goal. Be strong and diligent about it.
And when you fail, do it again the next day.
Tips To Get You Back In The Grove Of Things
If you are fighting with yourself about sitting down to write, make a deal with yourself. It’s crazy but barter with yourself because this battle is in you, and you’re the only one that can fight it to win.
Decide A Time
Make a point of setting a time to write. Don’t let anything stand in your way. Once you have the 1000 words in, you can quit for the day. You won’t have to think about it for the rest of your day or evening.
Set A Timer
When you sit to write, instead of wasting time, set a timer. Have a set amount of time that you have to finish your words in. If you are doing the 1000 words, you could probably do it in an hour. Once that hour is up, and if you still are not done, take a ten-minute break.
If you finished your word count before the allotted time is up, permit yourself to quit. Maybe you’ll want to do more. But you have the option to stop if you so choose.
Reward Your Success
Once you have the words in, reward yourself. Maybe it’s a set amount of time on social. Or you take a walk. Whatever it is that sets you on fire. It’ll give you an incentive to do the work.
If you can’t get yourself to move in the direction of your computer, take out one of your favorite books and read. Something that will get your imagination going. It’ll fuel your desire to create and set you up to succeed with your writing. It may also feed you with some more suggestions for a new book. Jot them down and get to work on your current story.
Write A Short Story
Maybe there is something in your current story that is not resonating with you. You’ve lost the desire to continue. There is still a way to keep the 1000 words a day streak. You can whip up a short story in the same genre. Write a story about your character that is giving you trouble. It’s another way to get your creative juices flowing.
It might be some knowledge you lack in the scene you’re trying to write that is holding you back. If so, take a bit of time to research it, and that might fuel your creativity.
Not your current story, but if you have another story waiting for edits, dive in for a bit. It gives your ego a boost and lets you know that you have the talent. Everything you write will need to be polished anyways.
If You Fall Off Track
If it’s been a few days or longer, don’t give up. Reevaluate why you wanted to be a writer. Hone in on the why—Journal on why you gave it up and try to identify what is holding you back.
For me, I just felt like I failed. I had no support from family or friends. They didn’t understand what it takes to be a writer. And after six books I obviously could write and finish a book. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was that I didn’t give myself a chance to get better at it.
Permit Yourself To Suck
It’s almost a right of passage to suck at anything you do in the beginning. That’s how this world works. Anything that lights us up still takes work and practice. You can study the craft all you want, but if you don’t actually do it and suck at it, you’ll never make it.
I didn’t make it. I quit. Writing the book wasn’t a problem. Getting a small publisher to believe in my work wasn’t either. It was me. I was my problem. I felt so out of place because I believed in what other people said even if they didn’t know the writing profession.
Commit To Connect
Writing can be a lonely business. But if we connect and help one another, we can be that much stronger. Being an author is a fantastic adventure that I’m happy to be back on. I’m excited to commit to it again. Writing takes not only a commitment but also a desire to keep going when it gets tough. To get back to it when you feel like you suck. And most of all, to support one another.
Feel free to connect with me if you need support. I’m here for you. I’ll help you to be committed and finish your book, for this might be the one that hits the bestseller list. But you have to commit and finish the book.
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