But how do you go from someone who says they’re going to write a novel, to someone who is writing a novel?
Ah, there’s the rub. Writing a book requires patience and persistence, qualities we don’t all have.
And even those who do are sometimes ill-equipped to deal with:
Writer’s block. “The ideas just aren’t coming.” Sometimes you simply have to start writing words—truly any words that come to mind—in order to move forward. Even if what you write doesn’t make sense! But just watch: solid ideas will start to emerge from the primordial soup.
Discouragement. “What I’m writing isn’t very good.” It’s easy to let these thoughts creep in, but understand that even some of the most well-known and widely read authors have had these same concerns. Your mind is well intentioned—it thinks it’s protecting you from hurt—but it’s doing more harm than good. Don’t let your mind derail your dreams.
Uncertainty. “What if I do all this work and no one likes it?” Fear of the flop is perfectly understandable. But this would be a moot point if readers were giving friendly feedback as you wrote your first draft. Why? Because you’d know with certainty which parts they liked, and which parts could use some improvement.
The best way to rise above these “mind obstacles” and power through? Start out with—and stay connected to—a group of people who are like minded, supportive, and have the same goal: to write a novel and share it with the world.
Join us for the 3rd semi-annual ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge, and experience a new, social way to stay motivated.
Oh my gosh, I almost forgot to mention: we’re handing out awards to authors of promising novels.
You have a dream. It’s time to achieve it!