I host a thread over on Wattpad.com called: ‘Teen Writers- Need Writing Help? The Teacher Is In’, where users, mostly teenagers, are invited to ask me any writing related question. I never pretend to know everything, and Lord knows I don’t, but I do the best I can to shell out some advice. Some of the users are brand-spankin’ new to writing, while others have been doing it forever. I thought it’d be a great idea to share some of the questions I’ve received, and some of the “advice” I’ve given.
Nothing is more frustrating than when you sit in front of your laptop and the words just won’t come. That one day break from writing turns into a week, then a month. Suddenly you find your motivation has just disappeared. That novel, the one with the plot you were just obsessed with a few months ago sits untouched on your desktop.
So now what?
Well, first you need to ask yourself this: is this just a case of writer’s block, or was that awesome plot you came up with in the shower not fully developed enough yet for a whole book? This is an important question, and you’ve gotta be honest with yourself here.
If you feel like the plot has been fighting you, if you feel like the story is getting too cliché, or not going anywhere, then maybe you need to put this one aside and move onto something else. There’s no shame in that. I’ve got a pile of half-written manuscripts of my own; some of them I even plan on coming back to someday and reworking. I don’t know a writer who doesn’t.
But if this is just a matter of you being lazy, that’s a different story.
I write all the time. Every free moment I’m clicking away at my iPad. Other writers I know benefit from carving out a specific time in their schedule where the sit down and focus solely on their writing. Maybe that’s something you can try.
Setting a writing schedule can help you with distractions and force you to get some work done. Use this time wisely. Write. Don’t go back and edit; that can come later. Just push yourself. You can even set a word limit, or a have a timer go off after an hour.
Sometimes what you’re writing doesn’t really matter, just the fact that you are. Good luck.