If you remember my post about not being able to write after my father died, you’ll know that I struggled to get back to writing for almost a decade. The road back wasn’t easy. I did it in baby steps but when I was writing every day again, boy did it feel good.
There are lots of things that stop us from writing. Like me, it could be the death of a loved one. Sometimes it’s when you have a significant change in your life, like moving or breaking up with someone. For some, it’s simply they’re not feeling that great physically.
While not everyone’s going to have full blown writer’s block, some days are tough for every single writer out there. A couple of years ago I gave myself the grueling schedule of writing a book a month. Some days my fingers flew over the keyboard while other days I had to push myself. A few days I even questioned my sanity.
If you’ve decided to join in the summer writing challenge and get your book started or finished, enter this knowing some days are going to be an uphill battle. However, tomorrow’s another day. If you don’t feel like writing one day, don’t. Never push yourself so hard that you end up hating to do the thing you thought you’d love to do one day…write a book.
I’d like this to be a supportive community for you so post comments and let everyone know how you’re doing, what you’re struggling with, and yes, even when you reach a milestone.
I mentioned during last week’s Ramblings that I’d tell you about my own project. It’s a half written manuscript that’s been sitting on my computer for so long I can’t remember how many years ago I started working on it. It’s a mystery and it’s dark. I think it might be one of the reasons I quit because I just wasn’t in the mood to write something that dark. There’s my first tip. Sometimes it’s not you, the writer who’s the problem, it’s the story or the story’s theme. Try switching to something else and see what happens.
Now I feel I want to tackle this story and finish where I left off. By September 1st I hope to have my first draft completed. I’ll be letting you know how things are going, problems I run into, and share with you the ups and downs of being an author.
Good luck to everyone who’s taking part in this challenge…let the writing begin!