Keep Your Story from Fading Away
You started writing a book a few years ago. You had a plan for how you wanted to structure the story and where it was going to go. It was going well for a month. You wrote a few chapters easily and you had fun doing it. So, why haven’t you finished it yet?
Yes, you’re not always inspired and you don’t have a lot of time. But, sooner or later you have to admit that you’re making excuses.
It’s natural if you find yourself not wanting to write your story all the time. It’s something that all writers go through. However, you need to ask yourself: Do I really want to finish this book? If the answer is yes, that’s a good start. Now you need to find ways to get back into the swing of things.
In any of life’s pursuits, it’s important to believe you are doing the right thing. It has to feel right for you. If you don’t have that belief you’ll find you won’t be interested at all in completing your book. If you’re struggling with this, then try writing affirmations on a regular basis.
- Love your story
Why did you start writing your book? Can you remember the original reason? We write because we want to tell a story; a story that interests us. If you story was close to your heart, then you shouldn’t have much of a problem writing it. In fact, you wouldn’t be happy unless you were writing it. When you write a story, make it personal for you. Your story needs to matter to you.
Don’t wait for inspiration
Have you ever noticed that inspiration can be fleeting and that it’s never around when you need it most? To be inspired, you need to make your own life experiences. You need to do something. Don’t wait till you feel inspired to write. Just write. Somewhere along the way, inspiration will come and give you that push you’re looking for.
- Take a break
When you study, you know you cannot possibly do so without a break. Your mind needs to relax. If you keep it wound up, you’ll burn out. The same goes for when you write a book. Writing requires mental effort, which is tiring. There are times you need to force yourself to write, but never do so when you’ve been writing for over an hour. You’ll soon find you’re out of ideas. It’s because your brain’s been overtaxed. Your mind just needs to relax, so do something to chill out. Take a break. Take a walk. Watch a movie or read a book. Inspiration might just creep up on you when you least expect it.
- Plan when you write
Writing a book takes commitment. You need to plan your time when you write. Make a date for it. Don’t give in to any distractions. You’ll find your story comes more naturally when your world’s at peace.
- Keep yourself accountable
Don’t go easy on yourself. If you let yourself become lazy, you’ll never finish writing your book. You need to set deadlines and quotas, such as a certain number of words, or the number of chapters you need to write. For example, you could give yourself three days to write one chapter. That way, by setting standards for yourself, you can monitor your progress. You might find that you’re moving along more quickly than you expected.
- Don’t give up
Remember, if you truly want to finish your book, you need to believe it’s the right thing to do. Devote time to it. Be mindful to take breaks. Don’t despair when it feels as though you’re short of inspiration. Keep working away and it will come.
Written by David Hendricks
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