Oh how I lost my motivation for a while to write anything. Mostly because I’d stared at the same story for months editing, re-editing, rewriting etc. When does it all end? The answer for me is that it doesn’t. We as writers are the harshest critics of our own writing and we long for constant feedback so we can get that perfect balance. I found my motivation to continue putting the final touches on my book by reading other’s work.
I found motivation when I was asked for feedback from another author and for me that simple act restored my eagerness to complete what I started. Reading someone else’s work is a great way to step back and think about my own writing skills, make suggestions and even come up with new ways of presenting my story. I like helping others and I want them to help me as well to be the best possible. Getting together with others that love the same thing I do is inspirational and definitely is a way to keep moving forward.
So all the authors out there who want feedback on their work – take the time to do the same for others. It’s important, it feels great especially when the receiver thanks you and likes your input. You will feel inspired.
I wanted to share my knowledge of a fantastic writing tool. I’m sure many already know about it; however, for me it’s new, exciting and exactly what I needed. As a new author I find the most difficult part of writing is keeping things in order. I found that I had to constantly go back and reread what I’d written to keep my facts straight and by the time I found what I was looking for I’d lose my train of thought. It’s been more than frustrating but I’m new at this so I suppose it’s to be expected.
yWriter is a fantastic tool for anyone considering becoming an author. I’m able to outline my novel scene by scene per chapter including tagging characters in each scene, location of scene, special notes I want to put in there for later on etc. So when I first open the program it lists the chapters that I’ve outlined so far and off to the side is a list of each scene in that chapter. If I click on the chapter itself a window opens that let’s me read the description I put in as well as what each scene includes. I’m able to go back to any given chapter and review what I wanted to accomplish which makes it a lot easier to keep track of the story so that it makes sense. The program also allows the author to input a timeline of goals to complete the outline, first, second and third drafts and then the final manuscript. This helps me stay on track and gives me the shove I sometimes need to get motivated.
The program also allows the actual content to be typed in so once you’re finished everything is in one place. There are reports you can create for a synopsis as well. I hope this helps some of new authors out there. It’s completely free so definitely give it a try.
I also want to thank fellows bloggers for stopping by and reading my posts. I’m new at this so I’m still trying to figure out a way to acknowledge everyone personally so please be patient with me. The fact that you took the time to stop by has given me such encouragement, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!