It takes a lot of courage for any person to come out and say they are the best in the career they have chosen. To be viewed as a great author is a dream held by many faces in the writing world (including myself). But how do you grab hold of this title of greatness?
I’ve worked for many years and I still don’t know the perfect answer to this question, but I can provide a little bit of advice to help you out.
I bet you hold a large number of great ideas for your latest novel deep inside that head of yours. Sadly, there are too many road blocks in your mind preventing you from putting those words on paper or typing them into your computer. Right? I know you are dealing with this because I have been dealing with this struggle for MONTHS. The idea is generally there but the fine details keep changing and that makes it hard for any author to make their story progress. Forcing words out would be the worst thing you could do when you hit these same roadblocks.
I tell you not to force yourself to write when nothing’s coming to you, but I know not everyone has the privilege to take their sweet time with their work. While I’m a self-publishing author and don’t have a strict schedule; others are working through a company and take on those deadlines. Still, you shouldn’t force yourself to get words onto a page simply because you’re deadline is less than a week away. (Of course, the stress of that is something I don’t understand. I do not mean to talk down how troubling those times can be).
However, I do think it is alright for any author to take a half-an-hour or maybe a full hour to step away from their work and try to clear out their head. If you don’t allow yourself some break time then you will only fry your brain and cause nothing but destruction to your thoughts. That destruction will reveal itself in your work and you don’t want that to happen.
All this mumble jumble brings me back to the topic of this blog post. Problems may occur in you’re writing or in your real life which calls for you to hold back on progressing the story. It will suck when those moments happen, but you have to find the courage to take a deep breath and work through those challenges. There’s no doubt you will be able to find your greatness again. Now get out there and show off to everyone how great you are.
Do you think your work is the greatest it can be or are you working to make yourself even greater? How are you doing that? Let me know in the comments below!