As a new writer and probably also sometimes for established writers, it can be a challenge to keep the skrivelysten going. Maybe you have even experienced that it is difficult to maintain motivation? In this article series, where this post is the first of three, you get fifteen tips to stay focused on writing.
The article has been updated:
Now you’ll also get ideas for what you can use a writing companion/writing group for and where to find them.
It has been a long time since you have heard from me, and this is due, among other things, to the fact that since the new year I have written a ungdomsbog and a dark fantasy short story for a competition. When there was a deadline on both, I had to prioritize what I needed to spend my time on.
The Youth book is the first book I have finished and sent in. It’s been a very instructive process, and it’s a great feeling to reach that far. To get there, I’ve been having to focus, and I’ve done many different ways that I’ll tell you about in this series of three posts.
Therefore, you will not be written
But first let’s look at why you don’t get written, even if you’d like. You may have experienced one or more of the following situations. For my part, I can sign all myself.
- You want to write, but don’t get set up at the computer.
- You want to write, but the laundry basket is crowded and the dishes pile up in the kitchen.
- You’ll actually put you at your computer, but will be recorded by Facebook.
- Your inbox is full of email messages that just need to be read and answered first.
- You read an article on the web about writing, so it tastes a bit of bird.
- You’ll actually open your writing program, but you can just start by seeing if the program has an exciting feature you haven’t discovered yet, or if there’s an update available that you can download.
- Your buddy sends an SMS and asks you if you have time for a cup of coffee.
- Your husband sticks his head and says that he has just spoken to your best friends, and they come by for a cup of coffee.
- Your mobile phone rings, it’s your mom, and her you have to talk to.
- You have been drinking the coffee/teen In the meantime and have to have filled up before you can start writing.
- When you come back, your cat has taken the chair.
- You push the cat down the chair, but now the computer has run out of power and where did you put the power supply.
- You have found the power supply, the computer works, and you are finally writing, but then you are upset by your daughter/son who must just ask for something.
- Your husband comes in to show you that the cat that has been sour has bitten him (haha, it actually happened while I was sitting and writing on this list).
- Now you have finally got the peace to write, but have stalled, just staring at a blank screen, so apart from the three words you had to write before you were disturbed.
- The time has become too many, you give up and go to bed.
If you write, I am sure that you can recognize some of the situations above, and you can probably add more to the list.
But back to the youth book!
The book is YA (Young Adult) realism and a genre that I usually do not write in. It was therefore really hard for me to get started with the story. I had researched within, found the theme, made an outline and written the first chapter, but then I was struck by a long-lasting winter flu. From there it was just really hard to get started again.
How to create a focus on writing
But now you need my best tips and hear how I still got on with my story before I finish part 1 of this article series.
Writing Group and writing companion
A writing group or a writing companion to kick you started when you’re stuck is priceless. Now you’ll hear why.
In connection with a writing course I have come in an amazing writing group along with three other authors. When, in the winter, I had been completely stuck in history and was about to give up on it, one of the members held up in me and arranged that we all met for a skrivedag together, though I hardly orkede it.
Fortunately, I did not say no, for we had the cosiest day when I got lots of loving, verbal kicks and encouragements, but not least I got skrivelysten back and got started again with writing on the story.
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A write mate/writing group doesn’t have to be one that you physically meet with in daily life. For example, you can Type together on Messenger, do your Facebook group or talk together via Skype. I can, however, heartily recommend finding the opportunity to meet when there is an opportunity for this, for example. On a book fair.
You don’t have to type in the same genre, but you may want to read books in each other’s genres.
You can find write groups on the web. For example, try Search for author groups on Facebook. After you join the group, you can try typing a post that you’re looking for a writing buddy/writing group. Tell something about yourself: Where do you live, which genre you write in, you are looking for an online companion or you need to meet in reality and what are your expectations of your cooperation.
Here are some ideas for what you can use each other to:
- Sparring on writing ideas
- Beta reading of each others stories
- Go on book Fair together
- Share experiences and great tips
- Do write days together
- Take a writing course together
- Make Ugeregnskab over Skrivemål
More tips for writing more
In the next two posts I will talk about what other methods I used to have the book finished and could even hand it in a few days before the deadline.
Do you also have a cat that steals your writing chair? Tell me your best story about how you have been prevented from writing.