You’ve done it! You finished that novel you always wanted to write. You’ve edited and stroked and prodded and you finally got it published. You know it’s what everyone should be reading. You know that if people had any brains what-so-ever, they would be lining up to read it. That’s what you know.
Now the truth sets in. People don’t know you. People don’t know your work. And the great novel you slaved over for of the weeks and months is barely being being noticed.
Hey…I’ve been there. I have the same issues that everyone has that isn’t well known. But, I’m not here to help you market your book today. Maybe I will get to that in another issue. Today I want to talk about you…the writer. I want to talk about what you need to do to keep being a writer. I want to help you keep fighting the good fight.
Life get’s in the way.
One of the biggest problems for writers is that “things” happen. Life happens and is cruel and constantly works under the premise of bad timing. Every day it seems that we are being bombarded by pressing needs. Family, work, health, all kinds of issues want to stop you from being what you are…a writer.
Solution: Do what you do best. If life throws you a problem…write about it. If the kids are being a pain…write about it. Take out your frustration on your keyboard and not someone else. It will help you in two ways: 1) It will help you keep your sanity without hurting others. 2) It will keep you focused on the habit of writing. Write every day. Write something and things will work out.
You haven’t written in a month. You can’t seem to get the story to work out the way you know it should go. You’ve got writer’s block, you say.
I’ve got bad news for you my friend. There is no such thing as writer’s block. You are just lazy. Ideas come to us every day from everywhere. Maybe a story isn’t going the way you think it should, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to not write. You could write about something else. You could write about me for telling you that you are lazy and what a mean person I am.
Solution: Get on your butt and write something. (Notice that little play on words?) Write a sentence, a paragraph, about anything. Ideas are are like water. If you cup your hands in a stream and lift it out, some of it always gets away. However, if you want some more water, just stick your hands back into the stream.
There are always going to be perceived reasons for you to sit around and not write. If you want, contact me and I can give you a few reasons you may not have thought of. Instead, get your thoughts together and start with one word. Make it a good word and then surround that word with other, complementary words. You will feel better for it.
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