If you have started 2018 with a fresh well of inspiration, then you are probably not alone. Many of us feel that a new year is the perfect place to start resolutions, plan for a different future and look ahead. For writers, a new project (or finishing an old one) is a major part of their plans.
Writing a novel doesn’t come easily, so having this inspiration to draw on at the start is amazing.
But, don’t think that this well will never run dry.
In a few months time, there may be time when life gets in the way of these dreams and ideas that we feel are important now.
- Your boss might expect you to work longer hours to finish a contract
- Your kids might need extra support
- You might just not feel like it
This is why bottling the way you feel right now is important to sustain the project through to finish. For someone writing a novel, specially if you have never written one before, this process will take around 6 months from start to finish.
Will you feel as inspired every day in that 6 months as when you started?
The question then is how to bottle this feeling. There are some simple tips on how to do this as effectively as possible –
- Think about the why — not the what. The reason why you want to write a novel will be something burning deep inside. Always try to tap into this when you are feeling uninspired.
- Make it part of your routine. Out of sight, out of mind is definitely something that happens with tour writing. Walking away for a few weeks can be deadly to the creative process.
- Take pictures. Having visual prompts as to why you have started to write your novel can often trigger your inspiration again — especially when the alternative is a long string of words that might put you off.
These will help you to tap into that well of inspiration again when it feels like a project that you ill never finish.