It’s only been a few months that I’ve actively embarked on the journey of writing a book. In that time it’s been difficult, but rewarding when I find my flow and am able to recognize the kind of writing that actually inspires me and the kind that makes me feel like I am just forcing the entire process. With all these ups and downs I have learned a few vital lessons that I wanted to share on my blog for anyone else who might be working on their first book and is struggling with the process. While it can be incredibly fun, it can also be incredibly exhausting—the goal is to find a balance and to create something that you are proud of and want to share with the world.
You Won’t Always Be Inspired To Write
There will be days where you just don’t even want to look at your book—and that’s okay! It happens to all of us and I’m sure even to the best of us. You won’t always feel incredibly excited and inspired by your book because it’s not sustainable. You need to have those moments of questioning whether your idea is good or your plot is foolproof otherwise you’ll never be able to create what you are genuinely proud of. I often question myself and my book, which isn’t great for my motivation at all. Whenever that does happen to me I try to give myself the time to rediscover that inspiration or to find other content out there that helps spark it so that I can get back into my regular writing routine.
Sometimes You’re Going To Hate What You’ve Written
When I first started my novel-writing journey back in April of 2018 I was working on a completely different book than I am now. I wrote about 20,000 words to a story that I looked at one day and absolutely hated. Maybe I wasn’t as well-prepared as I thought or maybe it just wasn’t the right time to tell that particular story—either way, it taught me that you will, at some point, hate what you’ve written. When that happens you can decide to scrap it all and start fresh or keep working and hope you’ll be able to edit it to perfection. Whatever your decision, don’t be dissuaded from the entire process simply because you’ve realized that what you’re currently writing isn’t what you want to show to the world. Move on and keep writing until your find what fits.
Other People Won’t Always Get It
While, at the end of the day, your writing is for you, you also want to gain an audience that enjoys your work. However, the first thing to get out of your head is that everyone will like what you’ve written. There will always be people out there that just don’t get what you’re writing about or why you’ve decided to devote so much time to it. Forget about those voices and focus on the one that’s driving the book out of you—that’s the one that will get you to the end. I know this can be especially hard when it comes to family members, friends, or your significant other, but the point of writing is not to please people, but to reach out to those who experience the world similarly to you and show them your perspective.
It’s Important To Pace Yourself
When you’re first starting your book, planning out the plot or chapter breaks, and creating your characters it can be easy to get ahead of yourself with all the little things that don’t need to be focused on just yet. Don’t worry about your cover art or what publishers you want to send your manuscript to—focus on writing the book first! I am guilty of not pacing myself and rushing things in order to get to the point of satisfying all the creative ideas I have bouncing around in my head. The important thing to remember is that without the writing—without the nitty gritty editing and late nights at your desk—there won’t be any other steps to take because you won’t have a book. Take your time and allow yourself to walk to the finish line if it means producing something that is complete and that you’ll be proud of sharing with others.