Ever wondered how to keep writing a novel once you’ve started? Or how to keep going when you’re stuck? Then this post is for you.
I frequently have to create, whether I want to or not, because I write for a living. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant! On days when my head’s fuzzy, or I’m tired or have to work sick, I still try to be creative.
This might mean I craft fewer sentences on a particular day. I might have to lie down a lot during the working day. I also get out into the fields near my house and ‘work’ while I walk. These things work for me, and they might for you. The following three things might also be worth trying out and they should help you to keep writing your novel.
Give yourself small, achievable, writing goals. Taking the whole day to write fifty or a hundred words is absolutely okay. Give yourself a break! Then, on days when you can take on the world, go for three or four thousand.
Stay creative. Whatever it takes. Make a point to do something creative every day. It could be writing, sketching, playing an instrument, cooking. It doesn’t have to be writing. Just create.
Have fun. Enjoy your writing. Write without any specific purpose, from time to time. Try automatic writing, brain dumps, funny poetry, song lyrics, crazy short stories, a secret diary, or a blog based on your opinions or observations. Write yourself a letter to be opened in the future. Have fun!
Always remember why you do what you do, and keep going. I know you can do it! JRx
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Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?