The Funny Thing About Writing

You know what’s interesting about writing? When you are writing and you suddenly start thinking about how to motivate yourself. That leads you to searching google for ways to motivate you to write. Time passes and then you realize you’ve been spending all of your time looking at ways to motivate yourself rather than actually writing.

Things will always get in the way of writing. Whether it’s something silly like that or life things getting in the way, they will always get in your way. You might convince yourself that there is no way you’ll be able to write because of what is going on. The thing is, it’s important that you write anyway. You need to prove to yourself that you can write through anything, even the worst times of your life. Setting aside that twenty minutes a day to write is the one reprieve you have from the world and everything it throws at you.

It doesn’t matter how little the time is that you give yourself to write: every second counts. When you write things that you hate and know won’t be in the final draft, at least you wrote something down. Editing is there for a reason.

That leads me to the itching desire to go back and fix things that you know need to be fixed. Maybe you were having an off day and the writing is lackluster. Maybe there is a glaring plot hole that completely messes up everything with your story. As long as you know where these mistakes are, you can easily fix them after the story is complete. For plot holes, you’ll know what it is and be able to have a fix that you can use for the rest of the story. Fixing it in that moment isn’t completely necessary. Instead, jot it down on that page or in a notebook where you keep all of your notes. Whatever you use to plan out your story (no matter how little is planned) is where those fixes would be listed.

I have found that writing about this actually helps me focus on what I want to do with writing and motivates me to write. They may just be my thoughts about writing in general, but they still help me get that extra drive to write. Whatever your vice is to keep writing, do it. For me, it’s writing about my thoughts that are keeping me from writing. Find what motivates you to write and go for it.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017!

This year marks my first year participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ve attempted the regular NaNoWriMo the past two years, but haven’t met the goal of 50,000 words either time. For this April, I plan on adding at least 10,000 words to the novel I started in November, which I think is a reasonable goal. I wrote almost 18,000 words in November, so 28,000 is a lot better than where I started. If I meet my original goal early on in April, then I’ll add 5 to 10 thousand more words on my goal.

The biggest motivation I have to do the best I can this April is the fact that I want to finish my novel. I’ve had this idea for nearly four years and I just want to get it written down, even if I really hate certain parts.

For more motivation, I printed out the first ten pages of what I have so far, but I’m not allowed to touch them. Instead, I have to wait until I complete my novel. Then, I can go in and edit them. I already know of some of the stuff I want to cut out, but I won’t do it until I actually finish the novel.

Every week, if I feel as though I’ve written enough, I’ll print some more pages out and put them somewhere to wait. For some reason, I had such a huge motivation after printing the first ten pages, so I know I’ll keep writing this until I actually finish.

This April will be a huge help in getting me back into the swing of writing daily. Even though I’m working crew on a theatre production throughout April, I will find time every day to write at least a page, if not more. The great thing is that I’ve already written four pages today. Motivation is a wonderful thing.