Today I wanted to share with you the three main things that I struggle with as a writer and how I overcome these struggles. I hope this post encourages other writers who also struggle with these things.
1. Writer’s Block
Oh, writer’s block! Not knowing what to write is something that I have always struggled with. Last year, I was working on a novel that I had been working on for a long time. The only problem was, I hadn’t done any planning for this book, so while I was writing, I wasn’t sure what needed to happen next in the story. Yeah, I had lots of great ideas, but I didn’t know what needed to happen in the story that would lead to these ideas. Thus, I had serious writer’s block.
Other times, I may just not know what to write for a blog post. I don’t know what people would like to read, or I just have no inspiration for what I could write.
Here are some tips for overcoming your writer’s block:
-If you’re writing a book, a great way to overcome your writer’s block is to plan your book out before you write it. This will look different to all writers, but for me this means plotting and outlining. I just started writing a new book, and I spent two whole months plotting and outlining. Because of doing this, I haven’t once suffered from writer’s block while working on it!
-If you don’t know what to write for a blog post, look at some of your older posts to see where you had the most likes and comments. Then, you can write something related to that post, and you can be almost sure that your readers will enjoy it.
–Go on a walk and observe your surroundings. This could give you ideas for how to write about nature.
-Just ask a friend or family member to give you a prompt for what to write.
2. Motivation to Write
The other day, I sat down at my laptop to work on my book, and even though I knew exactly what to write and where to start, I had no motivation, so I felt as if I couldn’t get the words out on the page.
This happens to me a lot. I feel as if there’s almost no point in writing, or that my writing’s not good enough, or I just don’t want to write.
If this is you, don’t worry. This is normal. I know that there are many famous writers out there who at one time or another felt this exact same way.
Here are some tips that have helped me to keep going, even when I don’t feel like it:
–Don’t share your ideas with others. This keeps me writing so that my friends and family can read the ideas that I have. I do sometimes make exceptions to this tip and share my ideas with other writer friends, because they can help me make the ideas better and let me know if the idea make sense.
–Don’t let people read your work until it’s finished. This is a lot like the tip above, and it keeps me writing so that my friends and family can read what I have written. Now, if you want someone to edit before you completely finish the project, you can definitely ask people to edit it, but don’t let them until you’ve finished at least the first draft.
–Look over other stuff you’ve already written. Maybe you’re working on a book, but you just don’t feel like writing it. It helps to read a few of the older chapters you’ve written, because then you’ll get into the story and want to write more.
–Read inspirational writing quotes by other writers. This always helps me a lot, because the writers who came up with these quotes know what I’m going through in my writing journey, and they know just the encouragement that I need to keep going. You can find my favorite writing quotes here.
–Think about why you started writing in the first place. Think of the finished project you’ll eventually have- maybe even published.
3. Writing Consistently
Sometimes I don’t have time to write, or I just don’t want to write. This is tough, because the best writers are the ones who write consistently. Sometimes, you just have to push yourself to do what’s hard and write consistently, even if you don’t want to.
I’ve pulled together some tips that I think will help you learn to write more consistently:
–Create goals. This is probably the thing that works best for me. Maybe it’s a small goal, like writing 100 words a day, or a bigger goal, like writing an entire chapter a day. Goals will keep you going because you won’t want to fail. Now, life doesn’t always go as you think it will, and some days you may not have a chance to reach your goals. But the truth is, it’s okay. I usually just try to catch up another day.
–Start small. This may be writing for only ten minutes every morning after you wake up. Even if you get only 50 words in, it’s better to write something than write nothing.
–The more consistently you write, the better you will get. I have started writing almost every day, and I have seen my improvement over the past few months of me doing this. Every minute, every hour, every day you spend writing will push you closer to your goals.
I really hope this post helps you in your writing struggles and helps you grow as a writer. Thanks so much for reading!