Can I go on? That’s what most writers ask themselves. At least the ones still struggling to finish a novel, let alone get published. Despite the boom of independent publishing, there are still a lots of writers struggling out there just to finish a novel.
Is that you? It’s ok if it is. Let me help.
Personally I don’t believe in “writer’s block.” You either want to write or you don’t. If you feel yourself drifting away from your writing don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Even the big names in writing get stuck sometimes.
My advice? Ride a bike. Go walk your dog. If you don’t own a dog then go walk by yourself or with someone you love. Take in the beauty that is life. Then, and trust me on this, you will come back stronger with your writing, and that is where the next step come in.
Here is something I do when I get caught in a rut. I start by writing 5 mins a day for one week. I have fun with it. And as long as I get my five mins. in, I’m good. Then, while I’m having such a good time writing I take it up a notch the following week. I write ten mins, then fifteen the following week.
You see where I’m going?
Sure you do.
By the time you realize what’s going on, you’re already up to sixty minutes per day. My record was one hundred and five, and I still had some juice in the tank. But seriously, this article is for you.
Now comes the really fun part: before you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with the minutes you are logging for writing, you ease back a little and reduce your writing by 5 mins, or more, your choice, until you’re back at five per day. That’s how you keep it going; that’s how you go on.
Now that you know what it takes to remain productive with your writing you can start by doing something you love, trust me, when you finish doing what you love, come back to your writing, it will be there, waiting for you, so you can have fun with it.