Something that isn’t talked about very often is how hard writing is. It’s not just getting the words on the page, it’s revising, and editing, and round after round of critique, and more revising and more editing. And then you have to go through the publishing process, which can be grueling if you go the traditional route, and is still pretty stressful and a ton of work when you publish it yourself.
In light of that, today’s post is going to be about keeping the motivation to go on and keep working even when things get rough.
I began writing because I had stories in my head that I wanted to share, and that’s still one of my biggest reasons for writing, so one of the things I do to keep myself motivated is a monthly writing challenge on a fan-fiction site. The fan-fiction issues aside, it’s a 100 word story challenge with a new theme each month. I use it to make sure that something gets written every single month no matter what. It also has the added bonus for getting response from readers.
Hearing back from readers about my writing, even on something super short, gives me a huge boost and makes me want to write even more. What do you do to help inspire you to keep writing and working even when things get tough?