Your journey as a writer can be one of the most amazing but at the same time demanding of paths to follow, starting the first chapter of a book with the very best of intentions is as far as a great many will get, you have to wonder just how many award-winning novels never left the mind of the author.
So what keeps those who successfully complete a book going? Are they superhuman or have IQs which far outweigh that of your own? The likelihood is that they’re just the same as you, what keeps them going is their belief in what they’re doing and a passion for their craft.
Having passion for anything in life will normally yield great results, being passionate tends to bring about a determination to complete your task and in itself lead to greater motivation. Now you will of course have days when your creative flow may be lacking, but those who are successful don’t see this as a reason to give up, any challenge is simply an opportunity to grow in another direction.
Being in a position where you are struggling to write the next chapter may be the ideal opportunity to research other writers or review and edit what you have already written. Researching other writers may sound a little counter intuitive but it can really help, some of the best writers in the world are avid readers themselves, reading the work of an expert does give inspiration.
You should also consider just how much you are trying to achieve and in what timescale, if following one of the many ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes by knocking out a best-selling eBook in a week you are going to find the task somewhat draining. If at the same time you are holding down a fulltime job then it’s easy to put off writing your allocated 2000 words every night, writing in large volumes can be done (and there are lots of copywriters who make a great job of it too), but it does need a great deal of focus and motivation.
For the majority of authors who write in their spare time they do so to a reasonable schedule, being realistic about the amount of time you can honestly commit to your book will improve your chances of successfully completing it by 80%. The most common mistake that new writers commit is in over estimating how much they think they can write on a daily basis, it is better to commit to 300 words a day and keep to it than 900 and not.
The key is in setting yourself a writing schedule that you’ll actually keep to, if you can only write (with your full dedicated attention that is) one day a week the commit to that, if it’s every day then great. Also ensure that you have a place to write which is free of any distractions, turn off your cell phone and leave the social networks alone, if you need to research the internet do it and then close your browser down.
A great novel is within you, just ensure you take the time to set it free.
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