Just look around you – what inspires you? Maybe it’s being outdoors at a beautiful park or the serenity of a wooden cabin. A museum or an art gallery. Is it laughter or love? What’s your ‘muse’? What makes you feel alive and stirs up your passion? Draw on what you love about life, what influences you and your surroundings to fuel your writing.
Writing takes a lot of deep thought, focus, and discipline. As such, an environment that is as distraction-free as possible is necessary to brainstorm and develop ideas. Not everyone can hide away in a secluded cabin on top of a mountain, but create your own little writing world where you can delve into bringing your story to life.
Find creative ways in which to outline and develop your story ideas. Are index cards your thing? Maybe you prefer noting everything in an excel sheet on your laptop. Or maybe you want to have the wall of your writing room filled with your thoughts on colorful paper where you can clearly see them. Be creative in crafting and organizing your ideas.
While writing is a discipline and requires consistency, it’s just as important to engage in non-writing activities to create balance, as well as rejuvenate your mind and body. Incorporate breaks in your writing routine. Exercise, take naps and engage in other activities unrelated to writing to keep you energized so you can keep your creative juices flowing.
Never dwell on rejection.
Think of all the famous writers you know. Now imagine all of the rejections they received before their stories were finally published. If they had given up, you’d never know about or be inspired by them today. Don’t take rejection personally. Perseverance and patience are key to realizing the fruits of your labor.
What challenges have you faced in embracing your journey to becoming a writer?
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