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How can I control my swinging motivation in writing my book!?
I'm now writing my second novel, and I love the plot line (sounds like I'm full of my self, but I'm trying to portray that I'm happy with what my mind has spawned, if you will)!. But, I have one problem and that is that I have "swinging motivation"!. So, bear with me here!.
I've fleshed most of the plot mentally, and I know now what lies ahead!. My characters are set in stone and I feel as if they live within me - they seem real to me and I thus feel i can portray them as such!. The problem, though, is that I don't sit down and write often enough!. The style in which I write requires thought (I tend to avoid just slapping down some description), yet it's a daunting task at times!. I'm really excited about this book, and I'm 146 chapter book pages in, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed!. This is in the sense that I know all of the big, looming and intense parts of the book and I can't hone in my energy to actually write it!. Other times, I'm swelling with anticipation and can write down a scene that I am proud of!.
It's not that I'm not motivated, it's just that I'm feeling overwhelmed at times!. What do you, as an author, do to better set up even the little scenes to ensure that you will get it done!? More so, how do you get yourself in the right mood and in the right energy to properly write!?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker:
I think you need to do a couple of things:
1) Take a break from writing your book!. Everyone needs a break occasionally!. For a day or two (or more) don't think about your book, and don't write anything (or work on something else!. Maybe write a few silly stories or poems that you're not emotionally invested in)!. You will come back to your story refreshed!.
2) Give yourself permission to suck!. I'm not saying your writing sucks, but I know it is very draining to make a first draft fit your expectations of the finished product!. Spend a bit less time editing and second-guessing as you write, and a bit more time just getting something down!. Future drafts are for revising, editing, fleshing-out, correcting, etc!.
also, I know that when I read a book by an author I really admire, I become more motivated to write my own stuff!. You might give it a try!.
Honestly, to me it sounds like you have put too much pressure on yourself and that you have performance anxiety!. Relieve a little stress and just see what happens if you go with the flow!. It might work, it might not, but trying never hurt anyone!. Hope that helps!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
I go out for walks or drives and listen to music that reminds me of a particular scene in the book, and then I come home and write it out!. I have a bunch of scenes at the end which I mend together, like glue!. Not the best method, but still!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com