How to stay focused when starting out as a new writer
I've come to the conclusion that the process of writing is even more enduring than a marathon as it never ends! It's a creative process that you pour in all your energy and thoughts and sometimes I wonder whether it's all worth it? I've come too far to stop but yet the end isn't in sight.
So this is why it's so important to stay focused when you're going through a period of doubt. You can do this by reminding yourself why you started in the first place and setting yourself a goal.
If you're serious at giving writing a go it's important to do it for the right reasons, if you're motivated entirely by fame and fortune, you'll probably be very disappointed. I started as although I had been to university and got a good degree I ended up as a secretary. It's not a bad job, I'm proud of how far I've come considering I graduated during a bleak time which so far has turned out to be a triple dip recession. But I can't help imagining that my sixteen year old self would have been disappointed to learn of what would become of her once promising career.
What motivated me to write was my frustration of my job. I had no outlet to intellectually stimulate myself or show anyone my potential. So I came up with the ambitious idea to write a novel. I believe that everyone has a unique talent, something that they are only good at and I'm hoping that writing is mine. I've been writing since I was little but from time to time I've had to put it aside for practical reasons such as studying and working but now I've decided to give it a good go and see where it takes me.
My goal was simply to write a novel, something that I could be proud of. Obviously it would be amazing to see it published but for now my only aim was to write a novel for fun.
Two years on I have written a very, very rough first draft of a novel, so far I have devised a very ambitious trilogy and am currently on book two.
And then after a panic of doubt, I realised that I've achieved my goal and have successfully created another; Now it's to finish the second book, and after that, the third.
So remember to keep yourself focused, remind yourself why you're doing it and set yourself a goal, you'll be surprised at how much you can achieve if you don't give in.