How to Keep on Writing
As well as tips about the craft itself, I've learnt so many little bits and pieces about getting motivated too. It would be a shame not to share these with you because they are really helpful.
Possibly the most important thing I can suggest is to write every day. Writing is like exercising. You have to train the muscle up. Writing every day, whether you want to or not, makes it so much easier to write every day. You don't have to write your story every day, just something. A review, a short story, a poem, a diary entry, a blog post - anything. I make myself write 1,000 words of something a day - or a few somethings - which seems to be working for me. Give yourself a target and make sure you stick with it. Start small though, you can always build-up. I wouldn't suggest trying to write 1,000 words a day if you're not used to it. Start with maybe 150-200 words and build it up from there.
The next most important thing is to read. A lot. Read all the time. Read as much as possible. Carry a book around with you - you'll never know when you could need it. Or if you have the Movellas app, read on there. Whatever you do, you have to read. Take a look at how the experts do it, or think about ways you would've written the story differently.
After reading, the next tip I would go for is to write what you love. If you write what you love, you'll be more interested in your own writing. You will be motivated to stick with the story and finnish it. It's okay to write all the time when an idea first comes to you. That's when you're most in love with you story and when you are, your reader can tell. If you write your first draft so fast it's messy, it doesn't matter. That's what revision is for. If you're passionate about your story, it makes it easier for the reader to be too. On the flip side though, if you're not enjoying writing it, your reader certainly won't like reading it.
Whichever type of writer you are, it's okay. Never let anyone tell you your process is wrong. If you start writing without knowing the end, that's okay. If you plan every single detail before you type a word, that's okay too. You can draw pictures and make maps. You can act out scenes when everyone's out, or force your friends to do so. You can pull a face your character is pulling to make it easier to describe. If you think your process is strange, don't panic. Recently, I banged my elbow - hard - on my desk, just so I could describe the pain in a more realistic way. All I could do was laugh at myself afterwards.
Take every experience that's offered to you. The more you experience the more you'll be able to write about and describe. Doing different things and then writing about them will make your writing more diverse. You'll be able to write about different topics and might even be encouraged to try out a new genre if you're brave.
In short: write every day, write what you love and write however you like.
Any other writing tips you want to share? Post your motivational tips in the comments below to inspire your fellow writers.
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