As much as I love writing, is just all so overwhelming; the idea of achieving what at times seems impossible and persevering. Desperate moments occurs filled with anticipation; I search vigorously for signs to convince the mind it’s all worth it. The heart is on board but the mind/thoughts may need work from time to time.
Some writers do manage to have a romantic approach to writing. Whilst some mainly focus on the positive side of it all, which is a great way to get through the journey and get some writing done. Or even to meet your end goals. However, reality eventually kicks in – making the journey overwhelming and terrifying, along with the writer ready to admit defeat.
The process of writing is resembling more or less like the journey of life, with its ups and downs, its good time and bad time. However, like life we fight through bad days (bad writings!) and find light at the end of the tunnel or even a taste of inspiration and of course motivation. Since quitting is not an option.
A newbie like myself can easily be discouraged and seek a way out. However, that’s not the case most of the time. The challenge is actually believing it’s possible to reach an end result. As well as having faith that it’s all possible despite the long and wary journey.
I’ve encountered many difficulties on the journey of fiction writing that I need to adjust to or just come up with a better plan. My top five, so far…
Finding the time is a logistic problem that needs solving. As I consider myself a type A person, I can discard the idea or thought of waking up early (basically in the middle of the night) to write. I’m no early bird and I hate coffee, so forget it. Planning is crucial or else I can forget dreaming/hoping to even write a novel. I have to plan ahead, mostly plan a whole weekend of writing. Writing everyday don’t always fit in the family’s routines. However, there is no point of planning if one don’t stick to the plan! And then there was the ‘where’ to write, can’t write at cafés; I get easily distracted.
Writer’s block (it’s real btw), when you want to write but nothing seem to come out. Picture this: you’re motivated. You sit your ‘behind’ down in hopes that the words will automatically find they way out. You know you should be writing but the words seem stuck somewhere. Your fingers are frozen right above the keyboard ready for action. You press any alphabetical letter just to make sure everything’s functioning but they are. Next, the revelation that your mind is blank! Following acceptance! One word: hell! My approach or solution? READ or watch a movie!
Motivation is needed but not always present. Not for not wanting to write but for being either exhausted after a long day of hard work, dealing with people’s complaints and problems. A job that actually pays the bills! And then, there’s fighting the urge to just catch up with some reading or TV (guilty pleasures!). But connecting with other writers helps and motivates, knowing I’m not alone provides motivation. Pluss inspirational quotes here and there doesn’t hurt!
From a previous weekend inspiration post – Motivation:
There is also motivation in doing what you love! Writing is proving to to be harder for each attempt I make. Now and then I have to remind myself and believe in my own abilities; …
Faith in my abilities and not to mention believing in the impossible is a struggle with huge consequences, such as giving up. With so many writers and aspiring authors in all over, it’s common knowledge that writing a book is not completely impossible. I know that! But when you embark on such a journey it all seems impossible and the end result seems far away, near unattainable. We’re talking thousands of words being put on paper and after that comes a whole new process.
Criticism is like someone voicing (or writing) their opinion on whatever that is wrong with your “baby” (no matter how reasonable), and you just have to listen and take notes. You take it all in because you want to learn and evolve as a writer. I take it like a champion! Well, crap – it sucks and it’s like sticking a blade in my chest. But I survive (not the end of the world), move on and accept there is more to come.
Happy Wednesday (happy writing!)