Nanowrimo Update: Running Low on Steam

Writing is hard work. There’s a reason not everyone is an author. It takes a ton of time, work and perseverance that some people just aren’t ready to commit to. And sometimes, it’s those last few steps of the writing process that can sometimes be the most difficult part of the entire ordeal.

Most times, writing projects start off really strong. Those first few chapters just fly by, the excitement of starting a new work being the only motivation a writer needs. But then, as the story drags on, the writer begins to see their flaws. They realize their work isn’t perfect. Writing isn’t so fun anymore. It’s in those moments that it’s the most important to push forward and break through that barrier. It’s not easy, but it must be done.

For those participating in Nanowrimo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here), I’m sure most (if not all) of you can relate to this synopsis of the writing experience. We’re almost done, only a week left, but sometimes that “home-stretch” is the hardest part. In our books, our stories are nearing the end. If things aren’t coming together like they’re supposed to, it can be frustrating and just plain annoying. Now that the fun has worn off, it’s time to knuckle-down and get the job done. We’ve come too far to back down now, so we’ve got to come together and stay strong.

As writers, we need to find what motivates us and use that as an incentive to keep going.  If coffee or tea is what gets you pumped and ready to go, use that to your advantage. A few sweets never hurt anyone, either. Maybe it’s a peppy song that gets your adrenaline pumping, or a scene from your favorite movie. Find what works for you as a writer, and use it!

Whether or not you’re participating in Nanowrimo, chances are you’re going to hit this phase in the writing process eventually. The most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. Countless writers have gone through the exact same thing. It’s not fun, but you gotta hunker-down and get to it if you want that finished product. Remember: it’s times like these that distinguish between the aspiring and working writer.

And now, since you’ve finished reading this . . . Get back to writing! 🙂

What pumps you up when you need a little motivation? Leave it in the comments below! For me, a good cup of coffee and some Imagine Dragons is usually enough to get me going.

For those of you Nano-ing November away — keep going! I believe in you!!

— J. L. Willow

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