WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK:
- Enjoy Writing.
You can’t be a professional writer if you don’t enjoy writing. Well, you CAN, but you’ll be really miserable all the time.
People often say they ‘know they should write’, but it’s hard, frustrating and stressful. Firstly, you shouldn’t write. No one is obliged to write fiction for self gratification. Writing does not make you a better, smarter, more successful person. Secondly, if you don’t enjoy it—if it’s a negative experience for you--don’t do it. Do something you like. No one will mind, really.
The internet is nice, because authors can connect with their fans—if they want to—and have some interaction with people beyond the domestic. However, while a few authors may go to conventions or book launches once or twice a year, every other day of the year they’re writing 2000 words a day, at a desk, probably somewhere in their own house.
Those 2000 words are going to seem like a lot more of you’re sitting there, hating every mind numbing moment you’re in front of the computer, simply longing for the end product.
Me? I love writing. If I get 1k on my novel, I tend to also get about 2k on other, non WIP related projects. That’s my relaxation after working hard on the things that matter. If there is a day where I don’t write, I am stressed and miserable. For me, there is nothing better than being in the zone, tapping away, with nothing but the whirr of the ceiling fan and my fingers clattering on the keys.
If I just described your hell, you need to start looking for a new hobby.