February 19, 2020 at 1:27 am #303296lacazet2kParticipant
In order to finish a novel, one has to continually push oneself to keep going. As Zette noted in the “why don’t you write” thread, it has to be approached as “work”.
But how do you keep the fun in it, how do you prevent it from becoming just another chore (and the one that’s easy to blow off, because you won’t have to go to work in stinky clothes if you fail to write 1000 words this week)?
tksFebruary 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm #303299GilroyParticipant
There’s a couple ways to look at it and how to keep it fun.
First: Treat the writing as the reward for doing something else. Even if it’s something silly and simple. Hey, I get to write because I managed to get out of bed this morning!
Second: If you are feeling like the writing itself is a chore, there must be something wrong with the story. If you aren’t enjoying writing it, then your readers could very well not enjoy reading it. Your trudge will translate into the words. (Unless that is what the section is supposed to have.) Try to find the play in the story. And let it draw you to the fun.
Third: Realize that not every writer has the same writing journey. You must establish the joy and pattern that works best for you. To do otherwise is to create resentment and frustration, because you are following tasks that aren’t what fits your work habits. If you want to truly learn about yourself and your writing habits, attempt a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge in November. Even if you don’t get 50,000 words, you learn who and what you are as a writer.February 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm #303313Ashe Elton ParkerParticipant
All good suggestions, Gilroy, and I have one to add:
One of the things I like to do is read work that inspires me. There are two types of work that do this for me:
Badly written fiction is a good place to start. This is not necessarily technically (nuts-and-bolts punctuation and spelling type) bad, but for me generally leans more toward unbelievable and stories that are just plain silly–basically, think of the stuff you wrote when you first started writing and look for that type of thing. Usually, I get a paragraph or a few into something like that, and I’m fed up and think, “I can write better than that!” This works even with my own older writing. Basically, any fiction that shows a distinct lack of skill in the storytelling aspect works for me.
Well-written fiction is also another thing that helps me bring back the fun in my writing. It inspires me to try to write as well as what I’m reading, and I find the challenge fun to attempt (over and over). For the most part, this is the writing of others. It may be fiction or nonfiction. As long as it inspires me to challenge myself, I tend to enjoy making the effort to meet the challenge.
.Ashe Elton Parker
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