Hello all, I hope you’re having a wonderful day/evening. I’ve recently come to a certain realisation (not only from my own experience) but from spending time with so many other like-minded writers… Of course, we all want to make it as an author, yet there is a common stumbling block that we have all come face to face with at one time or another – some of us haven’t a clue where to start.
I myself am a self published author, writing more books than I can count on one hand, and I have to confess that on some days, even I struggle to pick up a pen, or sit at my desk to write a mere few lines. However, over the years, I’ve learnt how to overcome these frustrating episodes, using just a few tips and tricks that I’d like to share with you today.
- Number #1: Read! This is by far the most important one. As the extraordinary Virginia Woolf said, ‘read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river,’ and she was absolutely right. I often find that my writing comes ten times more naturally when I’ve been reading regularly. Not only does it give you miles of inspiration, reading naturally expands your vocabulary and often times sets a superlative example of what a good book looks like, so grab a classic, and learn from the masters!
- Number #2: Stop forcing it. I for one know how unbearably frustrating it can be to want to write more than anything, just to be met with episode after episode of writers block. It’s infuriating, but stressing will only aggravate it further. Sometimes the best thing to do, is to take a step back, and take some time out to give your ideas a chance to refresh . Take a calming bath. Make yourself a hot cup of tea or coffee, and try to get inspired along the way. At the end of the day, the best writing comes naturally – from the heart, so let it come to you; there’s no need to force it.
- Number #3: Wear your dreams on your sleeve. Whatever your dream as a writer may be – whether it be to write the next best-selling fantasy series, or to become the worlds most renowned author, wear it on your sleeve. In other words, make it your life’s mission to make it come true. Whenever you doubt yourself, whenever you feel like giving up, remember that dream; that goal. You started writing for a reason, remember? Because you had a dream. Chase it.
- Number #4: Seek support from fellow writers. This has helped me greatly along my journey as an author so far. I’m in touch with writers of all kinds across the globe, in person and online, and I honestly believe that writers are some of the kindest, most supportive people out there. We all have one dream alike; despite our differences, we all share the bane of writers block, and late nights spent toiling over unfinished works, but it’s always reassuring to know that you’re not alone. Even just joining a small writing community whether that be online or in person will be sure to give you that extra inspiration just when you need it.
- Number #5: Believe in yourself. This one is essential if you truly want to make it as an author. You have, and I mean HAVE to believe in yourself. Truly. On some days this will be undoubtedly harder than others, but as long as you have faith in your work and in yourself, you will undoubtedly make it in the end. Us writers are determined, resilient people with the power to save lives and change lives with all but our imaginations. It isn’t always easy; nothing worth it ever is – but if you wear your dreams on your sleeve, and keep on going, one day you will make it as an author.
I hope these tips and tricks have helped you as much as they have helped me along my journey. Wishing you all the best!
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