Being a writer can be a tough gig. Sure it looks like fun, jet-setting to book signings, seeing your work on the big screen. Having fans. Good times from what I hear. Unfortunately, all the fun to be had comes after the writing is finished and good times aren’t guaranteed, much less an audience. It’s just you spending hours upon hours trying to wrestle a jumble of thoughts and ideas into something that will keep readers turning the page.
So how do you stay motivated to keep banging on the keyboard, especially when the term “starving writer” is still very accurate today? Here are five ways to help you push through your doubts and keep writing.
- Keep reinforcements close by. Most times, you’re stuck for a reason. Plot problems, not sure where to go with the rewrite or a host of other issues. Keep books on craft and inspiration handy. You may find just the gem to help push through those trouble spots. Here are some favorites: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: Editing Your Way Into Print, Walking on Alligators, 179 Ways To Save A Novel and Novel Shortcuts just to name a few. Read more here.