Writing the beginning of a book is like jumping into a new romance. Everything is fresh and interesting and delicious. The road before you stretches into so many possibilities. Your days are filled with that heady rush of magic, that springtime-of-the-soul sensibility.
All you want to do is sit and stare into the eyes of your book for hours on end.
And then you hit that weird point somewhere around Chapter 5.
Every story is a living thing. Experienced readers know this. But sometimes writers forget it. Sometimes we act like our story is a piece of IKEA furniture, and if we don’t understand where all the screws go right after we get it out of the box, it must be because the product itself is shoddy.
Technology has helped writers every step of the way. The printing press revolutionized the distribution of books, the typewriter increased speed of writing, and computers have radically changed everything—from the way we edit to the way we publish. But could we also benefit from occasionally doing things the old-fashioned way?
How many times have you sat down to write and gotten instantly stuck? How many times have you been writing and hit a wall because you were nervous you weren’t taking the story in the right direction? How many times have you felt “blocked” “bogged down” or “frozen” during a writing session instead of free and flowing and moving ahead?
We’re on the brink of autumn and it seems like everyone is starting something new. School is back in, classes are starting, and most of us are trying to figure out a way to balance work, life, and writing. It’s easy to say “This weekend I’m going to really sit down and get some writing done” and much harder to actually do it. If you’re really looking for the best way to make time for your writing then you have to make yourself accountable.
Here are just a few ways you can make the commitment to show up for your writing.