Finish Writing It!!!
I have a friend who would ask every month about how much progress I’ve made with my novel.
After the first month my answer was: page 5.
I felt somewhat embarrassed when I said it, because it sounded like I wasn’t serious, or maybe it was the fact that he laughed.
The following month when the question came, my answer was: page 10. At that point I thought to myself, 2 months and only 10 pages. I wonder if I can do this.
But even with all my self-doubt, I kept writing.
Actually, I really started this novel just to get the first time experience out of the way and had no intentions of even trying to publish it, since every article I read explained that most authors are ashamed of their first book due to novice writing.
So I picked one of my easy stories and gave it length by adding more scenes and more characters. Somewhere in the middle of all this I started really getting into it.
I would ask myself, so what happens next, almost as if there was someone else there who wanted to know more.
Because I liked it so much, I kept working on it.
And that’s all you need to be able to finish your writing. You have to be passionate about it. You have to want to write to the ending.
Regular guys like myself work because we need money to pay the bills.
Unless you’re a freelance writer, that rule doesn’t apply here. So why are you writing?
If you’re writing just because you heard some guy called Stephen King made a mint with several books and you want a piece of the action, then you’re writing for the wrong reasons.
I’m not saying you won’t make it, but it’s possible your journey would be more miserable than a back seat driving mother-in-law.
But if you’re writing because you feel this story just needs to be put on paper, and you find it very interesting, then I guarantee that you will finish it.
Don’t worry, readers will come, fans will come, and maybe even a cheque will come. But even if all these things don’t come, then that’s not why you write, isn’t it.
So now when my friend asks how far I’ve reached, I can proudly say: page 200, currently reviewing on 2nd draft.
So what’s the reason you write or thought you should write? Let me know in the comments. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to read this month’s trailer of my latest book, King Larsen.
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