I am currently recovering from having my wisdom teeth out, so please excuse the filler blog
Many people find that the hardest part about writing is actually sitting down and actually pounding out their story (or in some cases scrawling it out). Now, while this might seem obvious. as we learned yesterday, there is more about writing than actually putting pen to paper. Plotting (and later editing) are just as important as actually writing. In the grand scheme of things, however, it is the writing that actually gets things done. There are some people that will say writing is actually the only part that matters. This is definitely not true. It is part of a balance. You cannot have a good story if you don’t do some preparations or clean up afterwards. Writing is just one step in the process of getting something published. That being said, it probably is the most important step, since it is the one that actually gets you something to work with.
So, how do you get to this magical writing? Well, after plotting you pick up your pen (or go sit at your keyboard) and you write. Now I don’t mean make more character notes. I mean actually start your story. I also suggest starting out slowly, with maybe 500 to 1000 words in your first sitting (the Fifthwind Boot Camp has a first month strict limit of 500 a day.) There’s more than one reason for this low limit-it keeps you from getting burned out. One of the worst things that can happen to a writer is getting to a point where they just don’t want to write any more. The higher the word count you do a day, and the more you do in one sitting, the more likely you are to say “that’s it, I’ve had enough of this. I quit.” By only writing so much, you can look at your screen and say “Yes, I really can write just a little bit today.”
Another reason for the low word count is so that you can look at that screen and say, “yes, I can write today”, instead of looking at it and thinking “I wrote 2,000 words yesterday. I don’t really need to write more today.” You need to get into a habit of writing every day, or if not every day, at least into a regular schedule of writing. If you don’t then your writing is very likely just to go by the wayside. The lower word count also helps you get through your writing if you have a busy day.
Once you’ve started writing, though, don’t stop. Being committed to what you’re writing is a key to finishing it. Some things not to do while writing include-getting discouraged about what you’ve put onto paper. It doesn’t matter if you know that something doesn’t sound right-you can fix any problems that arise in the editing process. What matters right now is getting everything down onto paper. And don’t edit while you’re writing-just let what comes out come out. You can go back and fix it later. Finally, stay with one story until it’s finished. This is hard for many people to do (me included), but it is necessary if you ever want to finish.
So, good luck, and get writing!