I don’t need to write in a straight line. I can draft a chapter from later in the sequence, with some confidence that it won’t all be headed for the compost heap.
Just like parents comparing themselves to Instagram-perfect mommy bloggers, writers do themselves harm comparing themselves to the stars-du-jour in their genre.
Nano’s annual energy surge is available to writers of many stripes. You don’t have to be starting a novel (and you don’t even need to be a novelist).
There is satisfaction in finishing a list item, and it’s too easy to hurry past that moment without enjoying it and taking it in. It’s worthwhile to pause.
Changing habits is hard because of our default neurology. Change can happen, though, and more easily if we’re changing in the direction of a better life.
A proven antidote to that creative isolation is a well-functioning writer group. Its sustaining, regular rhythms – drafting and sharing your pages, then reading and critiquing your group members’ pages, then gathering together and scheduling the next month’s due date and meeting – become essential and welcome elements of everyday life.
It is absolutely necessary to write for your ideal reader. Emotionally, how would they feel in your main character’s situation? What’s the worldview of a three-year-old? If your main character is a mouse, how would the physical world look to them? And so on.
Instead of engaging in hand-to-hand combat, we can assert our healthy boundaries, limit contact with the aggressor, and save our passion for places where positive forward motion is doable and satisfying.
When creative ideas crop up during meditation, what if the thoughts are really useful? Do I cast them out? What if inspiration is visiting? Do I slam the door?
Simply picking one small action to repeat each day or day-ish builds enthusiasm, momentum, and endurance that assists you in finishing your project.