From many observations in the past and present, I have noticed that there can sometimes be a stigma attached to creative work. Whether it be art, graphic design, fashion or creative writing, a lot of people tend to have the assumption that it is easy being someone who creates something for a living, or intends to. The short and sweet response to this idea is: no, it is not easy. But even then, us creatives still have to cope with people who may not understand or support us.
In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter if there are people out there who don’t understand or support what we do and why we do it. If you are truly passionate about your work, you will do it for you, because it makes you happy. I try to remember that every day when I sit down in front of my laptop screen with the intention of developing the ideas in my head into a book.
Writing makes me happy. Creating and developing worlds, characters and storylines makes me happy. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy writing so much. If it makes you happy, don’t stop.
That being said, I still face many drawbacks in my creative process, but now I’m able to provide useful advice to those who feel the same.
I used to feel embarrassed to admit that I was writing a book. I was afraid of being judged by people around me, that they would find it strange I found my passion through creating and writing about fictional characters. Even now, I find myself cringing when people ask me about it, but every day I work at overcoming that fear by posting updates on Twitter, Instagram and my blog.
I discovered that posting tweets about things going on in my book, or posting a description of my book on a blog post allowed me to feel more confident in myself and my work. I know people in my personal life who also find it hard to talk about projects they are working on and I believe that it’s so hard for some people because they may not have the support around them to encourage them to keep going.
Actually finding time to write can prove to be a challenge as well. You may find yourself saying you’re too tired to write because you’ve had a long day at work, or you have a million other things to do.
As harsh as it sounds, you just need to force yourself to sit down and write. It could be a sentence or a paragraph. Anything is better than nothing.
When I decide to write after a difficult day, I aim for a minimum of 500 words. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you do that every day you’ll be sure to have your first draft in no time.
And if you really cannot stand the idea of actually writing, plot or outline instead! You’re still contributing towards the process of writing without writing at all.
The Power of Social Media as Motivation
Social media has proven to be extremely beneficial for me in terms of keeping up my motivation to write. The writing community is bigger and better than ever right now, with a variety of “authortubers” (authors who make videos mainly about writing advice, tips on publishing, etc) on YouTube and young authors like myself on Twitter and Instagram. And the best thing? Most of them are in the same boat as you.
Finding comfort and support in people who are doing the exact same thing as you is an amazing thing. If you’re an aspiring author like myself, or even if you’re in any other creative field, social media is a place where you can connect with people just like you.
You don’t need to write your entire novel in a day.
Remember not to stress. Writing, no matter how difficult it may be at times, is not a race. Take your time and remember why you startedSharing is caring!