Here’s an undeniable truth: sometimes writing isn’t fun. It’s the foundation for the reason Begin Again has taken so long to finish.
I find that the #1 way to combat ‘writing isn’t fun’ is to reward yourself. In my case, if I write a thousand new words, at least half of them will suck, but it means that I can write a thousand words in a project that I’m enjoying more. Or maybe I won’t write anymore at all.
For all the cliches that authors have been telling budding writers for years, it actually is that simple.
- Find a way to reward yourself.
- Write every day.
- The majority of what you write will suck. You just need to continue writing.
Yesterday, I wrote about a thousand words that I know suck. I might only keep 500 words of it. Now, today I might write a thousand more words, hopefully, better than yesterday, but the point is to just keep going. Not to give up.
In the last post, I talked about how I weighed my desire to finish the story as more than the frustration of writing it. That major motivation keeps me writing even when I don’t know what to say.
Alternative resources for helping write every day include:
- Writeometer – an app that helps keep track of and remind you to write.
- Fighter’s Block – a game that pits your word count against a monster. The closer you get to your goal, the closer to vanquishing the monster. Unfortunately, there’s no fireworks or anything when you win. I was a bit disappointed.
Ps. no clue what I’m going to write about next. Any suggestions?
I have a secret. My motivation sucks. have hundreds of “good ideas” sitting in a Scrivener project waiting for the day my motivation drives me to do something with it. Mostly they just sit in a folder gathering digital dust.
Which is why NANOWRIMO is so difficult. I can literally count on one hand the number of stories I have finished. Many, when I just started writing, languished because I didn’t know what I was doing. Terrible and inconsistent characterization, little to no plot, and plot holes wide enough to challenge the Grand Canyon.
I like to think I’ve gotten better.
Now my problem appears that I spend so much time pre-writing that by the time I sit down to write I have lost my excitement for the story.
Take Begin Again for instance, have been working and writing this story for nearing 2 years. I am sick of it. I’m not even sure the story was worth it. More than once I wanted to quit. Hell, I did quit, several times. The difference between Begin Again and the many mostly abandoned Stories on my hard drive was I thought Begin Again could be worth something. I thought it would touch readers, make them second guess their expectations, bring them to the edge of their seat.
The biggest difference though was that it hurt me more to leave it unfinished than the frustration it left in me when I was writing
That’s my gauge for whether I continue writing, am I disappointed'” myself for not finishing it? If the answer is no, I let it gather dust. I might return to it someday. If the answer is yes, I go back to the drawing board: where’s the obstacle? What am I stuck on? What isn’t working?
Occasionally that means 2 years re-plotting, re-writing, re-working, and more editing. I think it’ll be worth it.
Tomorrow: motivation methods.
So, for the few and far between who come here, check it out: new stuff!
The list page has been updated and several completed projects have been added.
Also, Evil Author Day has a section on the site, with last year’s contributions. This year’s can be read on AO3.
It only took me a little over a year to finally spit shine and polish Picture on the Mantel. But it is finally up and officially qualifies as my first finished project. Yay! Woohoo!
In case anyone is interested, or is wondering where something went, I’ve recently been digging graves for some of my stories and I realized the way the website is set up is … not user friendly.
I’d apologize for not realizing this thing got dropped for several months, but I don’t actually have any followers so…
Rough Trade has been updated with The Distance Between You & Me and since it’s just around the corner, the prep work and summary stuff should go up fairly soon for Timeless, which is my April Rough Trade for the Jupiter Ascending fandom.
Dead Men Don’t Tell Lies has a new chapter on AO3, not here though; this cite only has the original. Didn’t even know I did that.
Those with the password to the Walking Dead section will find new material, huzzah!
Hopefully, since I’m starting a vacation I’ll be able to really write. Let’s see, my goals you ask? I want to do the next part in DBY&M, NWD, and start mapping Timeless. If that doesn’t work out, we may see more work with 00Q (perhaps it’ll even get a title) and The Picture on the Mantel.
I’ve posted “Darker Than Night”, which is a Harry Potter story. It deals with a reunification of the wizarding world because Voldemorte is insane and invites demons into the world.
I’ve also posted a Bond Fandom story about a dystopia where James Bond ends up under the patronage of Q, who is the youngest Holmes.
I probably didn’t entice anyone to read these. Which is unfortunate.