Writing 30,000+ words is an amazing achievement. It can be really tough to keep going. However, there are a number of things you can do to make things a little easier. Here are a few top tips that might help:

✓ Planning

If you are struggling to keep momentum going it might be beneficial to review your plans. Many authors plan by creating detailed chapter summaries. Be sure to think in multi-sensory scenes and capture the emotion of the scene where applicable. Generally speaking, planning is best done off technology, using good old-fashioned pen and paper (or index cards). There are lots of sophisticated pieces of software but most authors find creativity flows better without.

Contrary to popular belief a large part of the creative process actually happens during the planning stage. There is art in the writing as well, of course, but by having a solid plan in place before you start writing you minimise your chances of running out of steam.

✓ Enjoy the journey

When you are setting out on a long journey you might have your destination at the back of your mind but your focus will be on the journey itself. Falling in love with the journey (writing process) rather than the destination (a finish novel, script, play etc.) is a trait shared by almost all successful authors. I get very excited when I take delivery of a client’s proof copy but some are underwhelmed. This is because they love the journey!

It is common for authors to believe they have to follow a classic or formulaic structure. The reality could not be further from the truth for many authors. Of course, there needs to a be a basic structure of beginning, middle and end. However, the rest is down to your creativity and imagination. Some authors find it easiest to craft the basic structure and then list scenes (in no particular order) that must happen in order for the story to make sense. The rest of the planning is built up, layer by layer, from there.

✓ Understand your motivation

Whilst this is not essential it is sometimes helpful to understand what is motivating you to write a specific story. This won’t happen every time and you certainly shouldn’t let it distract from your creativity. If you are passionate about the underlying themes and the characters this will shine through in your writing and also inspire you to keep going.

In more practical terms, chunking down your writing into smaller, regular sessions can help some authors. Always try and end on a high; ideally when you know what you are going to write during the next session and are excited about bringing it to life on paper. If a particular author has motivated you to write, why not take a break and read something they have written.

I hope this helps to encourage you to keep going and enjoy your writing journey!

John

 

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