As the clock strikes midnight and the New Year unfolds, many of us are filled with a sense of renewed hope and an abundance of resolutions. This list often contains writing a book, at least for us aspiring authors. A brave perception, thinking we’ll go from a blank page to a published masterpiece, but it’s not exactly like stringing words together. There is a whirlwind of emotional turbulence riddled with roadblocks, distractions, and the daunting task of balancing life and its many roles.
Understanding the Emotional Journey
Stepping on the path of writing a book is also signing up for a deeply personal adventure. For many of us, it involves unraveling and writing down intimate life details, which can be as discomforting as it is therapeutic. The vulnerability of exposing your life bare on paper can be daunting, but remember, the most compelling stories typically come from a place of truth and authenticity.
Dealing with Distractions
In today’s world, distractions are a constant. The sexiness of social media, the easy escape of television, or the tedious demands of daily chores can easily derail your writing process. Counter this by establishing a dedicated writing space and time. Apps that block distracting websites for set periods of time can be invaluable in helping you maintain focus.
Balancing Family, Work, and Writing
Juggling writing with family responsibilities and work commitments is like walking on a tightrope. Open communication with your family is key. Let them understand your goals and how important this is to you. Things like setting aside ‘family time’ and ‘writing time’ will ensure you’re present in both areas. An easy way to bring writing to work with you is during downtime. Bring a notepad with you on your lunch break and have a certain story you want to work on. Write it on paper and update your digital document later. Remember, it’s about finding harmony, not perfection.
Setting Realistic Goals and Deadlines
The enormity of writing a book can be overwhelming. Break down this major project into smaller, manageable goals. Set daily or weekly word count targets (if that works for you), chapter or story goals, and create a timeline for your first draft, revisions, and completion. This approach makes the goal seem more achievable and keeps you consistently on track.
Seeking Support and Accountability
Writing is usually an independent venture, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. Connect with writing groups or find a writing buddy. These communities usually offer critique and feedback but also much-needed moral support. Knowing someone else is invested in your goals can significantly boost your motivation.
Embracing the Discomfort
Stepping out of your comfort zone is a critical part of the creative process. Writing about personal experiences or exploring new genres can be intimidating, but it’s usually within these unexplored territories that some of the best writing is done. Remember, every renowned author was an amateur at one point stepping out of their comfort zone too.
Regular Reviews and Adjustments
Regularly assess your progress and be open to adjusting your goals. Sometimes, the initial plan might not align with how your book or schedule is evolving. It’s alright to recalibrate your targets or methods to suit your current situation better.
Do not underestimate the power of celebrating small victories. Did you finish a chapter? Overcame writer’s block? Celebrate these moments. They are significant milestones on your writing journey and are great reminders of how far you’ve come!
In conclusion, writing a book, especially as a New Year resolution, is an exciting adventure that is as challenging as it is rewarding. It requires dedication to the craft but also an understanding of the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it. As you get curious and explore the writing venture remember to be kind to yourself, stay committed, and most importantly, enjoy the process! Your story is waiting to be told, and what better time to start than now?