This week went by in a blur due to being a short week with the Easter holiday. I was able to fly through my read of the week, which was amazing by the way, be sure to check out my review. But not a whole lot was accomplished on the writing front. I knew that I wanted to brush up on my grammar and writing technique by reading some books on writing but I’ll be honest, I didn’t get through a lot of it. This next week I hope to continue with that and keep growing as a writer so I can finish this book once and for all!
I guess looking back now on my unproductive week I feel a little worried that I’m losing that fire to get this done. Spring is here and summer is approaching fast which means the last place any one wants to be is sitting in front of a computer screen. Even still, this is a pattern with me. I tend to get fired up about writing this book and then the flame dims and eventually snuffs out for long periods of time until something comes along that sparks it again. I don’t want that to happen this time around.
So how do you keep the fire burning on a project that lasts for months or potentially years? It’s so easy to get stuck on a particular part of your book and suddenly find that you aren’t as committed as you once were. Take it from me I’ve been doing it for years. It’s hard to stay motivated and keep going when that excitement starts to waver. But don’t give up! Keep surrounding yourself with things that inspire you.
This week I’ve been getting into Instagram. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a social media site where you can post pictures. I’ve been able to find other writers, published authors, and book lovers that post about literature constantly. It keeps me excited and I even post a thing or two here and there as well. Having a community is so important when you are working on writing a novel, or any project for that matter. Find others who share your love and passion. It truly does make a difference!
This also plays into having an accountability buddy. Having someone who just comes over to sit with you while you both work can do wonders. You don’t even have to work! Emese and I meet once and week and sometimes all we do is talk about books and life and it’s enough it keep me going. Usually, by the time I get home from one of our meetings I’m desperate to go straight to my office and start working. These things are important. You don’t have to do this on your own.
I also find that music is a great way to get inspired about a new scene for my book. Clicking through Itunes and listening to new music that I’m not familiar with will sometimes inspire a new idea just from how the music makes me feel. When sifting through the songs be thinking about your characters. Sometimes I play a song over and over again and imagine that it’s the background music to the movie trailer for my book. I’m a very visual person so this helps me.
There are so many ways to get inspired, try them all until you find the one that works best for you. The worst thing you can do is give up and stop moving forward. You’ll just end up kicking yourself seven years later when you look back at the time you wasted.
Until next time here’s an inspiring quote to get you through:
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightengale