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The War of the Writers: Conquering That Blank Page

The cruiser blinks.

Visible.

Invisible.

Visible.

Invisible.

Over and over again, just like your whirling thoughts. 

This first sentence must be perfect! It has to hook readers, draw them in, make them latch onto my story…I have to give it everything I got!!!

And yet the cruiser still blinks and your fingers curl in frustration as no inspiration comes.

 

Yes, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say us writers have fought battles no non-writer could ever even being to know about. 

In fact, this past week I’ve been struggling with a type of battle myself; trying to figure out what to tackle with my book first. 

Actually, I was fighting it so hard that I didn’t do any writing my first entire week of summer. 

Last week’s post got me thinking. First we must start writing (reference to tip #1 of that post) but where do we start, and how?

That’s what we’re going to be finding out today!Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

 

Why We Battle: Problem #1:

1. Taking On Too Much At Once

…okay fine, guilty as charged! …I took on way too much last week…

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There’s just SO. MUCH you could be incorporating into your book. Hooks, themes, character arcs, backstories, world-building, and yeahhhh…you get the idea.

Us writers are so focused on cramming in every possible thing so that our book turns out glorious with everything in it that we take on wayyy too much and end up either stressing out, end up doing less writing because you’re struggling so hard, or just quit on your book altogether.

 

Why We Battle: Problem #2

2. The Lack of Inspiration

How can we write inspiring books if we ourselves aren’t inspired at all!?

No inspiration = no writing. And when we get no writing done, we feel discouraged and lousy at our skills, which hops straight into the next battle…

 

Why We Battle: Problem #3

3. The Lack of Motivation 

Although similar in ways to inspiration, it’s not exactly the same. After getting inspiration, you have to have the motivation to act upon it. 

But what if you have the inspiration to write about something, and not the motivation? How are we gunna write!?

Without motivation, us writers simply drop the idea for the story, and just move on with life without writing anything, which obviously doesn’t get us anywhere.

 

Alright, now that we figured out a few reasons why we stare at our blank pages, now let’s jump into fixing them!

 

How We Fight: Victory #1:

1. Management 

A novel is a work of art, and you can’t just rush it. Taking on too much at once will make things go haywire, and you need to be able to manage what you’re doing.

If you feel like you’re struggling with taking on too much at once-step back and analyze what’s going on.

For example, I’m in the midst of world-building and developing my protagonist. I didn’t want to continue world-building because it would be an incredibly lengthy process to come up with names for all my landmarks and such, but then I also didn’t want to develop my protagonist because then I would have to do an activity I was doing in a book that I’m following that I disliked.

So, I stepped back from it an took a breath.

I decided that I would take on world names one at a time-I was thinking about all the bajillion names that I needed to come up with, so it scared me off. But, now if I only think of about one a day, then it will slowly but surely come together.

As for my activity, well, who says I need to do everything? I’ll be evil and just skip it.

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How We Fight: Victory #2:

2. Gaining Inspiration

Inspiration can come in many different ways. Think about it: what inspires you? What gets your thoughts whirling, your mind wandering, and ends up with you lost in thought? That is a source of inspiration.

Inspiration could come from pictures or drawings. For example, I feel energized and ecstatic whenever I look at pictures or drawing of my characters. Or if I envision epic scenes from my book, or snarky lines…many things inspire me, and I’m sure there are things that inspire you too!

Something inspires all of us-whether it be a person, place, thing, or idea. We just have to find out what it is.

How We Fight: Victory #3:

3. Gaining Motivation

This is going to be the hardest battle to overcome. Because for motivation, you’re going to have to want to do it in order to achieve it.

But who wouldn’t want to pick up a real live copy of their book in? Who wouldn’t want the world to know and love your characters and the story that you have to tell? Who wouldn’t want to be a real live author!?

Sometimes it’s just motivation enough to think of what will be at the end of the adventure; if you set your goal up (write a novel) and you commit to it (let’s sayyyy 1,000 words at least per day) then you will end up with what you want if you stick to it (a finished book).Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

Sometimes it’s gunna be tough, but we’re crazy writers-we can do anything. So don’t ever don’t let a blank page stop you from writing amazing stories. 

 

Have you ever struggled with any types of writing battles before?

If you were stuck on a blank page, or have been in a past, do you think these tips are (or would’ve been) helpful to you?

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

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6 thoughts on “The War of the Writers: Conquering That Blank Page”

  1. I think my biggest battle is lack of motivation. If I’m not doing a word war or trying to write my entire novel in a month, I pretty much have zero motivation. 😛 But this post was really helpful and inspiring. 🙂

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    1. I can SO relate Chalice! Exactly, so I guess those are like basic goals that you set up, but without goals there’s not much motivation going on. Yay!! I’m so glad it was!! 😊 😄

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