WRITING TIPS FOR SCEPTICAL WRITERS

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Here is another post telling us what to do, when to write and making us feel worthless if we stop writing for days because *you need to write every day if you want to become a writer* right? I didn't know following rules was required and I certainly didn't know that not writing every single day could make me feel miserable. Shit. I didn't sign up for it, did I?
These are all the thought running around in your mind once you saw this title and decided to click on it to see if this other person behind a blog could make you feel even more worthless than you already feel because you haven't reached the end of your novel yet, am I right or am I right? 😉
But sadly, if you expected this post to be some kind of guide to follow, you made a big mistake, my friend.

I've been SERIOUSLY writing since the start of November when my crazy little head suggested me to join the NaNoWriMo community. 
Writing 50k words by the end of the month? Sure, no biggie.
Trying not to lose my mind in the process? We don't perform miracles, Miss.
And yet, I rolled up my sleeves (not quite literally, it was still bloody freezing!) and worked on it. Hard. 
I skipped day one.
On day two, I was so disappointed in myself that I wanted to stab my hand with a fork but instead, I shut the door closed, sat at my desk and started writing. 
I didn't know what direction my novel was going to take, I barely knew anything about what was going to happen but I trusted my gut and typed.
At the end of the day, not only I wrote the minimum amount NaNoWriMo suggested me (1.667 words) but I doubled it. WHAT? I KNOW!
Knowing that I was doing my job and succeeding at it felt so incredible that I kept writing the whole day and the next days until the week right before NaNo was supposed to end, reaching the grand total of 50K words, winning my first ever NaNoWriMo.

I got my badge and my certificate and I was SO HAPPY! But with the happiness of winning came the fatigue. I decided I needed a break, hell, I DESERVED a break after writing half a manuscript in less than a month! So I did. I took December off because *it's Xmas I just wanna eat and watch festive movies and sing jingle bells drunk and naked around the house!* 
I took January off too. And almost all the month of February too. By the beginning of March, I couldn't think of anything to write about. I knew where my story was headed but I didn't have the words to take it there. I thought my brain was broken. I thought I wasn't a good writer, I wasn't MADE FOR IT. 
But I was SO SURE about what I wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to be that I forced myself to sit at the desk and I started writing and it felt good. 
It didn't happen all of a sudden, I tried a lot of things that could have helped me, I googled "How to be a writer" which is possibly the worst thing to do when you feel like shit.
Listen, there is no easy way to do it, nor a complicated formula I could pass it on to you like a family heirloom, you just have to write, as simple as that.


But if you're struggling and you want to try new things to motivate yourself and maybe get excited about writing every single day then keep on reading!

WRITE FIRST THING IN THE A.M.
Dragon breath or not, you wake up, you write.
The minute your feet touch the ground, you turn your laptop on and start to write.
Put down your phone, mate. This ain't the time.
You're welcome.

TURN THE WIFI OFF, FGS!
What I found really helpful while trying to have a writing routine that could work is that I left the wifi off. YUP. You heard that right.
I knew that if I had an easy access to the Internet I would have checked Twitter and Instagram every two minutes, spending at least an hour on social media, an hour I wasn't gonna have back.
Try turning your phone and wifi off, focus on the blank page in front of you.
It works wonders.

REWARD YOURSELF
What you can do instead, is reward yourself with a new episode of your favourite tv-series, an hour on Instagram, once you finish writing.
There is nothing more satisfying than looking at that wordcount growing, knowing that you've done your job for the day and you can now relax.
You can also have breakfast now.

WRITE LITTLE SUMMARIES
Before you start writing anything, I think it's best for you if you write little summaries of what it's supposed to happen in the chapter you're working on. It will get easier for you to get to the point instead of running in circles.
I usually have a notebook where I map every chapter, every character that need to be in the scene and what is happening.

SET A DEADLINE
If you already are an author with books out, you don't need this because you already have deadlines and I doubt you would care about my tips anyway but if you're starting out and don't have an agent breathing on your neck, it's good to set a deadline for yourself.
This will help you focus on the task and on the work at hand and it can also be fun trying to beat the deadline!

PRINT IT ALL OUT
Storytime: writing every day for the whole month of November was hard. What made it even harder was losing the whole manuscript at 50k words.
Luckily, I listened to my mum when she told me to print out all the pages already written, so the damage was still bad but manageable. 
So listen to your mum and PRINT THE PAGES OUT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

And there you have it, some pieces of writing life and tips you can adopt!
If you have more, please, don't hesitate to send them because I WILL read them all! Also, if you end up using any of these, let me know!!

Ciao!
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