For years I have had quite a lot of stories in my head, all mapped out and ready to be shared. I started writing 10 years ago, it was more of a hobby for me which was why it didn’t matter to me that none of them had actually been finished.
Now since I know that one day I wish to be a novelist or a screenwriter. I do actually have to start finishing these many stories that have doubled since I started.
It’s unknown to me why I haven’t finished any story… well I finished one at least, but I had to finish it or I would have failed my degree.
The problem with ending a story that you have worked for a long time on is exactly that… an ending, it’s just like reading a book that you really enjoy, you don’t want it to end and have to be launched back into reality. As soon as the words THE END appear on that piece of paper is knowing that something I have worked very hard on is over and then I have to find something new. (I don’t think I like change very much)
Not only that, I am a slight perfectionist and never happy with my work, I suppose that I want everything that I write to be perfect and just writing down anything is difficult for me. This is not a bad thing if there are writers out there who are thinking like me. It just means that we can go about getting down what we think in a different way. Usually, I start different parts of the story when I think of them, it turns into a full on writing session, but I am then left with sections of several stories strewn all over the place. It doesn’t sound very efficient or organised i’ll grant that. It does get frustrating when it all doesn’t piece together, but at the end of the day it just takes time and patience.
A lot of people say that I probably will never finish a story, but I know I will, because I have the determination to do it. It just might take a little longer. There are steps however, to help get there:
- Turn off your phone – you may get more work done when you don’t have the distraction of wanting to check facebook or the buzzing of notifications being sent.
- Ditch the computer – At least for now, sometimes going back to basics with simply a pen and a notebook can be better for your writing. It certainly does with mine. Then when you type it all up then you can see what you need to change.
- Put on some chilled out music, something that you can relax and de-stress (stress is the worst to put blocks on your mind)
These are some of the things I like to do to prepare myself to start writing. They are only small things, and they may not help everyone, but for me even the slightest little nudge is a good thing.
What are some of the things that get you in the mood to write?