25 Tips to Help You Keep Writing
You’re not alone!
Every writer can create a million reasons to stop writing, whether they’ve just started writing, have been at the process for a while, or are multi-published.
Here are 25 tips and words of advice that might make writing that next page, finishing that next manuscript, or contacting that key person who could help you, a little easier.
* An important question to ask yourself at the beginning of the month, the beginning of the week, the beginning of the day is “ Are the activities you are currently engaged in taking you where you want to go?
* Treat other authors as friends, not competition.
* Start associating fear (that shaking butterfly feeling in your stomach) as being something good. It means you’re moving outside your comfort zone and, while being a scary place, it also means you’re growing as a writer.
* Focus on what you CAN do not what you CAN’T do.
* Assume success with each project, then take the steps necessary to make that happen.
* Find a mentor. You don’t even have to know them to have them help you. I’m always asking, “What would Harlan Coben do?” when faced with something outside my comfort zone.
* Have patience with yourself.
* Celebrate your successes. This is a way of thanking the Universe for achieving them.
* Expect speed bumps. They don’t mean the road doesn’t exist, just that you might need to strategically adjust your course a smidge.
* Print out for yourself the reviews you want for your work. Then write to them.
* Surround yourself with other writers who are succeeding. With writers who will challenge you. Writers who are passionate about achieving something with their work.
* Reject the false comfort of security. It’s a trap that will keep you right where you are now. Sometimes that works. Most times it can stifle you.
* Learn from those around you—the good and the not-so-great ways other writers succeed or sabotage themselves.
* Be clear about WHY you are writing. Don’t confuse your definition of success with everyone else’s definition.
* Taking time off short term can sometimes be a better option long term. Stuck? Tell yourself you CAN’T write for a week. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
* Honor your own process, while being willing to try something and see if it helps. If it doesn’t, you learned something new.
* Ask yourself how bad do you want it?
* Treat yourself as you’d treat your best friend or loved one. If they were having doubts or a bad spell would you flog them?
* Every day do something as an author, even if you only spend ten minutes on your career.
* Writing is nothing more than waking up each day, remaining focused on the task at hand, and trusting that the result will take care of itself.
* Don’t assume you don’t know an answer. You always do. You just might not be asking the right questions to access it.
* Network, rather than ask for help from those in the publishing business. Networking is not a race. It takes time to build a solid network.
* Ask yourself “‘What are you doing that is working or not working?”
* Give yourself permission to fail. That’s when you learn something that can help you move forward.
* Have fun!
Here’s a recent quote I heard from an actor, not a story teller, but he gets what it is we all attempt every time we face a blank page:
“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing, isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacies. And that’s on a good day.” ~ Robert DeNiro
What about you? Do you have a favorite quote? Words of wisdom? Insights you’d like to share?
USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham writes the Amazon best selling WRITING ACTIVE SETTING series (in e-format and now in book form) as well as Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Invisible Recruits series: www.MaryBuckham.com or www.InvisibleRecruits.com.