I can relate with many writers out there who are at the verge of giving up or those finding days wasted from idling in front of the computer without finishing a single scene or paragraph. I don’t remember who said it, but it was something about, you should write only when you feel like it as to put meaning. My mind’s itching for Robert Frost, but I’m not sure. Anyway, I have to disagree with that.
I’m no published author, so I’ll just share some of my thoughts that gets me writing.
der Wille zur Macht, in English, “Will to Power”, or for some reason coming from a young German’s translation, “Brave Enough To Be Mighty”, is a philosophy by Friedrich Nietzsche, and basically it means if you really want to do it, you can do it.
If you’re that someone who is betting it all into your fiction, then there’s a freakishly long road waiting for you. Some will get lucky, some won’t, what’s important is you keep pushing forward. Can’t finish a WIP? Then you’ll have to “will” it into you – will as hard as you can until your thoughts start projecting little green things.
Grab all your bills, and pin them in a bulletin board somewhere just behind your computer, so you can see it every time your eyes decide to ogle at something. Don’t have a bulletin board? Staple them into your hands so you can see them as you write.
Think about your kids, your future, your past – all people who would rely on you to become awesome in life. If it means getting a book published, then the first step is to finish a manuscript, cut out all the shitty parts, add even more awesome stuff, cut tiny shitty parts, add bigger awesome stuffs, and make it so shiny it burns through the eyes of anyone who reads it (in a good way!)
Stop bitching about how you can’t write or you’re going to give up. If you need a break, then take a break. A WIP is a lover madly in love with you, you can discard it, beat it, toss it back and forth with your friends, and it will still stick around for you. It will take all abuse just for your damn satisfaction. Take advantage of that love. No, wait, don’t take advantage of it, cherish it, adore it like how sparkly Edward would bitchy Bella and make awesome babies together. Even if you’ve permanently deleted them from your file, they’ll always be in your mind.
Read other writers’ struggles in their WIP and life. Toss them your bread, and some butter, heck, throw them the entire basket if you need to need to, as long as it makes them feel better. Tough love works too. It’s important to cheer each other up and give them all the encouragement they need without asking any in return. Sometimes, giving others the morale boost they need, is enough to feel good about yourself and start writing.
There is no such thing as writer’s block, only lazy writers (ahem). If you really can’t write anything in your WIP, then write about something else until your brain can process thoughts for your WIP. Another trick I found helpful, is writing something that’s already been written, word for word, just for you to actually write something, eventually you’ll find yourself in a writing mood, you’ll start working on your own WIP – and make sure you delete what you copied and not add it into your story!
And probably show it to your family and friends, oh, many of them are going to say, “Yeah, it’s good” and shower you with praises and glorify you with every awesomeness they can. Come on man, they love you, of course they’ll do that. But don’t get it into your head, you’ll still need hard ass critiques and serious feedback to tighten everything up, and sometimes it can be devastating, so devastating you would want to quit. So use your loved ones encouragement to keep going no matter what. That’s why they’re there.
There, I’ve said what I’ve wanted to say. I’ve dusted off my PS2, and now going to play “Xenosaga Episode I: der Wille zur Macht”