When Your Inspiration Well Is Dry (guest post)

You’re sitting down at the computer, staring at the blinking cursor. You just found out that your writing friends have finished the rough drafts of their novels, and you’re still working on yours! You feel so far behind everyone else.

But I’m here to tell you that that’s okay.

Every writer is different. Therefore, all writers have different approaches to their writing. For me, I like to write a general plan for my book before writing it, but you might not want to take the time to do that.

Today, I’m going to share three ways I stay inspired to write, even when I don’t feel like writing.

My Plan

Yes, I just mentioned this above, but I’m serious! My book plan keeps me going because I know what will happen at the end of my novel. My heart jumps with inspiration and motivation to endure the pain of writing my book to the end. I know it’s hard now, but it will be worth it!

Even if you don’t have a plan per se, knowing how your book will end will help you with inspiration.

My Community

I am a member of The Young Writer’s Workshop. If I feel discouraged, I simply ask for encouragement and inspiration from the community. There are plenty of writers on there who have gone through the same thing I’m struggling with.

If you’re a member of a writing community (whether online or in real life), take advantage of it! Use it to give and receive encouragement.

Let’s say you asked for inspiration on the community. Then a more mature, advanced, or even published writer responds that she went through the same thing you’re struggling with when she was writing her first draft.

There’s your inspiration to keep going, even when the blank page drives you crazy.

(If you’re not a member of a writing community, and you would like to be, I recommend checking out the Story Embers Forum and the Kingdom Pen Forum. Those are both free writing communities! The Young Writer’s Workshop is currently not open for new members, but be sure to join the waitlist! It’s the best community ever and worth your money!)

My Books

Read. Read. Read.

Read books in your genre.

I like to read books in the 18th century time period because my novel is being written in that century. Those books are my inspiration to write my novel when I get discouraged.

In fact, when you’re out of inspiration, take out a book in your genre. When reading it, remember this: That author most likely went through the same things you’re going through.

No author writes a perfect book the first time. There are major and minor edits to be made after the first draft.

Does that mean your book is poorly written?

No.

It simply means that you might have overlooked some things during the first draft. Every writer goes through the editing process. There’s always something to correct and add–even if it’s simply a comma.

Writing is hard, isn’t it? Does that mean you should just give up?

What would happen if your favorite author gave up when he/she went into a discouraged slump? Then their awesome books wouldn’t be written for your enjoyment.

When because writing gets hard, take a break.

Don’t give up.

I am a dedicated writer because I want to be. You have to want it, too. When writing your first draft, don’t get discouraged by others’ works. Even they have their struggles and temptations to quit.

So don’t quit. Keep writing.

It will be worth it.

Bio: Julia enjoys connecting with other young writers like herself (such as the YWW), as well as learning more about the writing craft from amazing instructors. As a Christian, Julia firmly believes that her writing talent was not given to her randomly; already, God is using her to encourage and inspire other writers. Her blog is Willowcreek Pines, where she is actively ready to serve God by serving you.

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