One reason why people give up on their writing ambitions is they find it hard to get started. Consequently, they begin to feel overwhelmed. What should I write about? Do I have the time to write with everything else going on in my life? The trick is to keep focused on why you want to write in the first place; for the experience and the thrill of holding your own book in your hands. And if this is your first foray into the world of writing, start by taking a look around you.
Many authors take inspiration from their own experiences, such as a significant event in their life or someone close to them. The same inspiration could even come from where you live! Sometimes, a walk around your local area or recalling a specific moment in time can open the creative floodgates.
Here's a little exercise for you if you are searching for that spark. Take a notebook and pen, visit somewhere that holds a special memory for you, and write down how you feel about being there. Note down specific details about the event, such as who you were with, what you were wearing, even the weather. You are already on your way to writing a story!
Developing a plan of action can also be a way beginning your own journey into the writing world. Remember, a lot can happen in a year so break it down into manageable targets. For instance, this month could be your 'planning' month, February could be when you have the first chapter finished and so on. Even if you have other commitments, try and dedicate a small part of each day to writing, even if it's just making a few notes to your plan.
Something else to keep in mind is that every author is unique. What might work for one may not necessarily work for another. Finding your own voice and style takes time, but keep persevering. After all, the Harry Potter books were rejected on numerous occasions! Take some time to read different books and do not be afraid to ask for advice.
Make no mistake, writing isn't always easy. There may well be times when the creativity just refuses to flow and you feel demotivated. Each author will have experienced these moments at some point. What matters is how you respond to them. Stepping back for a day or two can help you recharge your writing batteries and you may well find that the next time you work on your manuscript is more productive. Talk to your friends or colleagues about how you're feeling as well; they might be able to give you some ideas for rediscovering your writing form.
Most importantly, never give up on your writing dream! With so many different routes to publication available to you, it has never been easier to achieve that goal of becoming an author this year.
If you have a manuscript already nearing completion or already finished, then the next stage is editing. Get in touch to find out more about DBE's copy editing and proofreading services and make sure that your hard work is not undone by typing or grammatical errors.