Writers are often heard moaning, “why can’t I finish this book?”
I totally know the feeling (got five manuscripts staring at me over here). The good thing is that I am not stuck. I’m procrastinating. When you, as a writer, find that you’re actually stuck on your writing, then something is wrong, and you’ll need to strike a few matches and rekindle that fire.
Take a siesta
I’m not talking about a mid-writing-session break. That’s for when you are actually writing. For those days (or weeks) when you have stared at your computer all day and not written a single word, you need to turn off your computer, put away your notes, grab a tote bag and get out. Go outside. Get an ice cream gone. Hit up the game arcades or a bowling alley. Ask a friend out for lunch. Take as much time as you can and do something – anything – other than writing.
You are stressing about your book and your mind isn’t focused on the right things. You are worrying about copyrights, printing, how you’re going to promote it and a hundred other points that are irrelevant before the book is actually complete.
redefine your Book goals
Trying to do too much in a short time sets you up for failure, which leads to disappointment which leads to discouragement and possibly a failed writing career. Set small, easy targets, and reach them! It’s more motivating and your book will be complete before you know it. Setting mammoth goals that you can’t reach is the fastest way to convince yourself that you’re “not really a writer.”
Get someone to criticize your writing
Sometimes a kick in the ass is all you need to write again. Take what you’ve written so far and show it to someone you know who is straightforward and not afraid to point out problems. Nothing will motivate you to start writing again more than having someone go over your work with a fine tooth comb and a microscope. Yes, you’re probably going to feel hurt, angry, humbled or all the above. Get used to it – once your book is out, and you start reading reviews from readers, you’ll have to deal with a lot more of that along with all the good people say.
Don’t give up. You love writing. The words are there, they just may need a little coaxing to come out. If you find that none of these techniques work, and you need someone to talk to about your book and the challenges you are having, email me at email@example.com and let’s see if we can figure out how to get you back into it again.