It’s the last Wednesday of January 2012 and a lot of New Year’s Resolutions are starting to loose their glitter and shine.
You still want to write a book this year or finish your current novel project. It is a writer’s dream to complete this task.
But it can be frustrating at times.
This is when you must step back and remember that dreams can be fulfilled by maybe not in the instant gratification way our society says it should.
Here are some reminders to hold fast to your dream:
You are the only writer who can tell this story
Every one has a unique voice. You are the only one in the Universe who has this certain voice. And although there are no new stories under the sun, only your voice can tell this story you want to write. Only you.
Remember why you wanted to write
Writing can be hard but you came to this story for a reason. You were compelled to get it into words and out in the world. That reason, however small you may think it is, is enough. Remember this reason while you write. It brought you here. So keep writing.
Everyone starts from the bottom
It can be hard seeing all the other novels that have been written when you’re first starting out. But remember all of these novels started with a blank page and an idea. Everyone starts at the bottom — and makes their way to the goal. It’s a journey all writers must take.
Consistency in small steps make big progress
Although January is coming to a close, there are still 11 months left in 2012. So much can be completed. But you must be realistic. There is family, work, and life. Duties and responsibilities. Writing can still be in the mix but in a manageable way. Set small goals and be consistent with them. You will be surprised how much writing can get done with this practice.
So a writer’s dream does not have to end when difficulties arise. Remember that anything worth accomplishing will be challenging but if you want it, you can make it happen.
My hope for you is that you never give up on the dream of your novel.