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You need that buzz, that thrill of inspiration. That drive that pushes you to the peak of brilliance and keeps you there. Of course, can you find inspiration that easily?
Yes, yes you can and here’s how…
I am going to pitch my method for finding inspiration. Yet, when I sell it I don’t ask for money, only attention. Reading this article costs you nothing but time, yet it gives you back more.
I identified the time-wasters, energy-drainers and spirit-breakers of the writing world. These three poisons twist your mind and bring you down. Yet, I have just the concoction, the cure to these poisons. Without further ado, let’s begin.
The Mental Barrier of Starting
Time-waster numero uno. Yes, most writers waste time for writing on the build up to starting. Preparation helps, but even then, it requires an important step at the end of it. Writing something beyond ‘Chapter 1’.
The most passionate writers find themselves halted by the pressure their own mind places on their shoulders. Yet, I have a method that helps you beat this problem.
Write one word.
I know I am setting the bar low, but that’s all there is to it. To push past this barrier, all you need to do is write one word. One word and leave it if you like, although most writers in this situation. One word is a tease, an incredible one too. One word does not sate the appetite of a ferocious writer, so they write more. For some, it is still too hard, so they take a break. Yet, even these writers come back to write one more word...and then another.
Write one word.
The Leech that is the Internet
Infinitely useful and a black-hole of time, the internet.
You will waste your time on research, often enough. Suppose you lookup a tutorial, or read an article such as this. You are informed by the end, ready to jump back into writing, but do you? Or does an interesting thumbnail and title catch your eye? Do you look for more than you need, adding to the drive or do you reward yourself with entertainment?
Unless your work is directly involved in what you’re looking at, the internet is no more than a leech. Commercialism is an important part of society, but it is a trap for the weak minded. Disconnect, deploy the will-power in your arsenal and write like your time is running out. It might just be and you have no idea.
Cut ties with the unnecessary and write.
Set a Realistic Goal
What’s the point of setting your goal so high?
I already established that you need to set the bar low to start, don’t set it so high. Too many writer’s jump into their seat, ready to write tens of thousands of words. At least, that’s what they think. It always ends the same way; burn-out. Writing as much as you can is great, but if you burn-out, your pacing is gone.
You lose energy, you lose the drive. Your flow is stunted and now you lack the spirit to continue. At least, not for the next day or two or twenty. Sound familiar?
Writing is like exercise. It’s not an intense, short work-out that makes you fit, it’s the consistent, slow work-out that gets you where you need to go. A writer that writes 500 to 1000 words a day is more productive than the writer who writes 2,500 a day once a week.
Tortoise and the hare, much?
Was That Negativity I heard?
Yes, yes it was.
Did that negativity come from you? Your friend? That one dude you told about your writing in the park? Well, that’s a problem. Here’s how you fix it.
Negativity is inescapable. Even the most egotistical writer, the writer who thinks they are the next best thing and drools over their own writer, hits a dark wall. Yet, it is this negativity that needs to be analysed. Is it created by insecurity? Find out what is wrong then, analyze yourself and your work.
You will find no problems or make them up, most of the time. It is very rare for such negativity to be based on fact. Feedback is appreciated if you receive any, but it’s value should be called into question. Take the time to read over what you have written, correct what you feel you need to, but you will notice something.
That negativity you feel is unnecessary. A dark cloud of your own creation.
Remember Why You Started
Let’s get nostalgic.
What got you into writing? Perhaps you read a book you truly enjoyed and you wished to tell such a tale. Perhaps you found that story within begging to be written out. Perhaps it is a hobby, the passion you’ve been looking for. Yet, you got into writing for a reason.
Some start writing for money, foolishly. You can make money from your work, but you will find that if you write for money, your writing changes. It loses that heart, but improves in quality. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a good thing. You’re making money, clients and readers enjoy your work. Yet, are you?
Those that enjoy their work tend to not think of the monetary rewards. These writers are fueled by their love for the writing world. These writers devour books, write slow and smile to themselves with pride. Yet, those who write for money, only smile when they see money in their bank account. Nothing wrong with any that you choose, but you need to decide.
Why did you start writing all those months, maybe years, ago? When you find that answer, you find that drive, that push that nudges you in the right direction.
That Should Cover the Basics
I don’t dare think I have answered all your questions or solve all your problems.
We all come from different walks of life, with different goals and means of achieving them. Yet, I know the pains that the vast majority suffer in their endeavour to write. I wrote this article to give them and hopefully you, a good idea of how to beat it. To stand tall above these problems and mental barriers.
I chalk some of these lessons up as nothing more than common sense. Yet, someone may not. Like me, years ago, struggling with my first book. I had no clue what troubles were heading my way or how to handle them. I am still a writer and far wiser than I was. I have no doubt in my mind that you, sometime in the future, will look back on your writing and know better as well.
I wish you happy writing!
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