Self-doubt plagues every writer at some point, no matter how successful they are. Authors are often wondering whether their efforts are worthwhile.
Cherish Your Visions and Accomplishments.
Write down every time you have been published or praised. Napoleon Hill advices: “Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Talk with readers and writers about your work – if it is constructive. Ensure that you reach a milestone every week or two, such as 10,000 words or three chapters.
Have Your Own Voice.
List your favorite artistic and cultural influences. Are you using these as references in your writing, or avoiding them, because you don’t think people would understand them. Ask other people: “What’s my (writers) voice? What do I sound like?” Ask yourself: “Do I enjoy what I’m writing as I’m writing it?” If it feels like work, you may not be writing like yourself.
Stay busy and produce more work, use writing tools that increase your productivity, exercises that kickstart your novel. Establish a writing routine: keep a regular time and place that is dedicated to your writing process. Sit down and start writing!
One page is roughly 250 words, and writing three pages for six days per week, for 50 weeks, you will finish a draft of around 225,000 words or 900 pages. James Patterson launches as many as six novels a year (with the help of ghostwriters – however he outlines mostly around 80 pages himself). Another writer who is very prolific is Stephen King with 60+ books so far. Other such writers are mentioned in a former blog post, they wrote between eighteen and ninety-eight! books and they are true role models to follow for anyone, who complains about the hardship of writing.
Sit Down, Write and Reach Milestones.
Reward yourself when writing is especially difficult. Some days are just awful struggles. You don’t want to sit down, and even when you do, the words just will not come. Force yourself writing for ten or fifteen minutes, and you usually get the momentum to keep going and continuing.
Have a deadline and making it a realistic one. Figure out how many words or pages you need to write per day and how many days per week to reach it. Tick off the days on your calendar, where you reach your target. Reward yourself when you are able to keep on track – it will increase your writers motivation.
Choose achievements along the way based on reaching milestones in terms of words or numbers of pages written depending on which you tend to count.
Plan Your Days.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? How many hours per week / day will you work on your new book? When will your writing times be?
Don’t squeeze writing time into the leftover spaces. Keep a regular writing schedule, just as you would make any other appointment. Tell your loved ones when you will be unavailable due to writing. Just because you are writing at home does not mean you are available for conversation, errands or household tasks. If this is a problem, find an alternative place to work away from your home, such as a library or coffee shop and schedule time where you can write uninterrupted.
Invest in Time for your Author Brand too.
Author Hope Clark recently wrote in her newsletter:
“…Branding is super critical right now. I hear long-time, mid-list authors complain these days about how their incomes are way down, but they are doing the same thing they have always done….marketing some, maybe posting on FB three times a week, thinking what worked in 2008 still works now.”
“You cannot be seen without being different. You cannot be heard without noise, a different kind of noise because God knows it’s noisy out there. You need a brand, and when you figure out what it is, then you need to sling it and work it hard. Daily. Yep, daily. You have to keep swimming or you’ll drown. Nobody is throwing you a life raft. The only options are to keep swimming, drown, or simply get out of the water. And the decision is all yours.”
Persistence is the key for your writing success:
Fight back against self-doubt! And always remember what Bestseller Author Stephen King said: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work”. Why not learning from and replicate the habits and qualities of some of the most famous, wealthiest, and most celebrated authors in the world? Why not harness the power of these principles for your own success as an author? Read more in “12 Principles Of Highly Successful Authors”.
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