I’m lucky enough to be participating in a book tour this week, working with the lovely Jess, author of A Single Drop of Perfect & Other Stories*. Today, she’s guest posting on Her Little Loves and sharing her top tips on finding inspiration as a published author:
A lot of people these days spend more time worrying about producing a book than actually writing one. I’m here to provide some tips of how to throw away the stress and get inspired!
Do what you love.
As a writer you have to be interested by what you create. If you’re writing a mystery novel but you don’t particularly like reading those kind of books, then chances are you’ll lose any inspiration you once had. You have to find out what it is that you really care about. For me, that’s relationships, be it romantic, familial or platonic. I love looking at that kind of trust and asking, how far does someone have to go before that love is fractured?
Write every day.
I cannot stress how important this is! Again, take note, it’s important! When you’re creating a book for a time you’re the only person who cares about it so if you don’t invest your time into it then no one else will. Set aside a bit of time every day for writing, and maybe a bit of time just to think about it too. Every author’s worst nightmare is losing their writing momentum – that can kill a story.
Set some goals.
It’s important to be realistic and not to put too much pressure on yourself but having said that, setting a target and reaching it every day can be so inspiring. You feel like you’re getting somewhere, one step at a time, and soon enough you’ll have your book in your hands. Personally, I aim to write 1,000 words a day and that might take me anywhere from half an hour to just over an hour. It feels great when I can tick that off my to-do list!
Talk to people.
Your friends have never been more valuable than when you’re getting stuck into creating a story. Chat through some plot ideas or characters and the inspiration will flow. This is especially great when you get stuck on something or hit a block. Take some time out for a phone call or a coffee with a friend and before you know it you’ll be back on track.
Don’t forget to live your life.
It can be so easy to get swept up in the wonderful world of writing but if you stay locked up in your cave of an office then you’ll find your inspiration fizzling out. It’s important to get outside, or get anywhere. Make some plans, get some things in the calendar to look forward to. I’ve heard a lot of writers claim you should write what you know and I think it’s important to get a broad insight into life. When you’re a writer it’s even more important to go on adventures. Even if things go wrong, you’re bound to be inspired.
Believe in yourself.
It may sound cheesy, but believe you can write a book. Being a self-published author has never been easier and with a whole host of agents out there, you’ve got every chance of being traditionally published too. These days, it’s completely up to you. You can do anything!
Good luck with your writing!
P.S. – Don’t forget, you can download Jess’s book on Kindle so be sure to follow this link and give it a read!