(You may recognise this post - this is an older post from my previous website, but it is one of my favourites and thought it deserved to be posted again)
As a writer I often seem to struggle with actually sitting down and writing. Sometimes it comes down to finding the time to fit it in with university study, as well as trying to be a normal functioning adult. Other times it's distractions. But most of the time it's lack of motivation.
I have a lot of ideas running through my head - ones that I keep in my notes for later - so why is it so hard to write when I know what I want to write?
Other's who want to write a novel may be struggling with the same difficulties as I am. You're definitely not alone... At least I like to think that I'm not.
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Well, believe it or not. My own motivation finally hit! Did I strike gold? You'll have to wait and see. This month I finished the first draft of my second novel while participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It took two Camp NaNo's + NaNo to complete it because I wasn't finding motivation this year any other way apparently. I definitely recommend participating if you want to write a novel, as it's very encouraging and motivating. Especially if you're competitive like I am. The idea is to try and finish a novel in 30 days - from the 1st of November until the 30th. By committing to 1,667 words a day you finish with 50k words. It sounds like a lot, but it's doable (most people end up with more than the 50k). You can find out more about NaNoWriMo here.
Now that I have a draft (two actually), I need to put it down for a few months before I delve into the wonderful tasks of editing. How will I find motivation for that, I wonder? Until then, I have started a smaller project to get my creative juices flowing again, and I hope to finish it by the start of next year. Keep watching this space for updates on that and my other two drafts.
What I am trying to say is that motivation to write can be hard to find when you have other things on your mind. Whether it's family, work, education - it can get in the way sometimes, and there isn't always time to write (or much you can do about important commitments).
Truthfully, though: finding the time is the only way you will be able to finish anything. It's easier said than done, but pick up that pen (or keyboard) and write it. Because no one else will. As the wise Stephen King once said -
“When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time."
Words I try to live by each day I write and expect too much of myself. It takes motivation, persistence and an imagination to write, and it starts with a word.
So, yes - being a writer means actually writing. But sometimes they do other things, too. Like binge watch TV shows, walk the dogs, feed the kids, cry, binge eat Halloween candy. Basically anything but write. Hey, whatever it takes to finish, am I right?
Until next time,
Lauren Rose 🌹