4 Things to Hang Over Your Writing-Space

We all need inspiration, especially when we’re neck-deep in our manuscripts. I’m in that situation right now, trying to pick up momentum, kick myself into gear. So I do the only reasonable thing: I procrastinate making pretty pictures! 😛

Seriously, though. The following are things I absolutely believe in, things which always help me overcome inertia, self-doubt, and the endless slew of distractions. I hope they help you find your focus & strength, too!

First, you write -- Veronica Sicoe

The most important thing each day, is to get those words out. We can’t edit a blank page, can’t market an unfinished book, can’t build a career on partial manuscripts. We have to write as often and consistently as we can.

Write daily.

Make it your top priority each day.

Pay yourself first. Investing in your dream is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Of course, sometimes (and sometimes often) you will hit a snag. A roadblock of some sort. A complication. It can be “real life,” your health, your job, a new shiny project that threatens to derail your current one (*points guiltily at herself*), or any number of things. Sometimes it will slow you down, other times it will kill your momentum stone dead.

But the only way to pick things back up and resume your Mission, your Writing >> is to:

Just write your way through it. -- Veronica Sicoe

Five minutes a day. One paragraph each morning (or evening, before bed).

And keep your eyes on the prize: in the end, you’ll have a finished book. And then another.

Err on the side of getting it Done. -- Veronica Sicoe

Sometimes, that snag is your own perfectionism. But a perfect partial manuscript is not a book. Only a finished book is a book. So what if this one won’t be perfect? So what if it won’t be your best? The reality of being a writer is: you get better with each story you write. The next one will be better, and the one after that even more, and so on. If you stop and hover over this imperfect one now, you’ll never get to write them.

So you kick perfectionism and insecurity in she shin, and GET. IT. DONE.

But then, when it’s finished, other doubts set in: Will they like it? Will they care?

Truth is, no story is everyone’s story. No book is unanimously loved. But every story touches someone the right way, and that‘s the reader you want.

Every story has its readers. -- Veronica Sicoe

You just have to help yours find them.

Your job—after the book is written—is to help it go out into the world and meet the right people. People who will gain something from it. People who will be glad they read it. That’s what marketing really is: hitching your book with the right readers. Good ol’ matchmaking.

Then you write some more.

🙂

8 Replies to “4 Things to Hang Over Your Writing-Space”

  1. That’s exactly it. Why am I responding? A reward and distraction rolled into one. I’m writing a gay scene and I don’t know where I’m going with it other than it involves Guy Burgess. So yes, I deserve that reward 🙂

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  2. “in she shin”. I actually had to look it (shin) up, I can’t remember I have read that expression anywhere. Thanks 🙂
    It made my day. I learned a new (old?) word.

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  3. Thanks for the reminder about perfectionism! I keep turning away from a big project because my inner editor wants to eat all the flaws as if they’re candy. I just need to slap its hand next time it reaches for sweets before dinner. (Sorry if that metaphor made you cringe!)

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    1. Yup, that internal editor (or internal bully, as I call him, since he’s not really editing anything just bitching about my output) can be a real pain. The drafting stage is when he should really just shut up. 🙂

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  4. I love to write. Poems, stories, diaries. I just love to write. But I am a virgin to writing and getting my work out there. My ultimate goal and passion in life is to write.
    My dream career is to be an author.
    My questions:
    1. Without any real writing education/experience, how do I start to become a successful author?

    2. What advice can you give me, a very rookie writer, to start out in accomplishing my ultimate dream and goal of becoming an author?

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    1. Hi Das,
      Thanks for commenting on my blog.

      Those are very big questions, as I’m sure you realize. Anyone can become an author, no special education is required other than a deep passion for storytelling and an unwavering drive to learn how to write well.
      The internet is chock-full of both good and not-so-good advice on how to hone your writing skills. I’d start checking out some (and over time, all) of the books on this list, and see where your heart takes you.

      Good luck!

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