Somewhere in this mix, writing your next award winning novel has to have a place. But making it a chore may not be the best approach. Something has to motivate you to hit the keyboard despite the other components of the daily grind.
Writing fiction is fun. It is a license to make something out of nothing, to fabricate, to create your own version of reality. So while the daily grind of normal life drains your energy, writing can recharge your batteries. Sometimes just the fact that you’ve written a couple pages that you believe were very well written or fit perfectly with your latest storyline, pumps you up.
The cool part is when your readers come to you and say, “Your main character is so cool, so believable, so real to me.” Or something like, “I could smell the swamp and feel the humid air. My skin actually felt sticky and I could hear the mosquitoes buzzing around my ears.” When you get feedback like that, you’re doing something right. You know that all the time on the keyboard, creating that one deviously mad bad guy who is stalking your protagonist’s girlfriend, is worth it. You’re inspired. You want to create an even more devious madmen (cue evil smile, wringing of hands).
That makes the “daily grind” worth it for a writer. The habit of writing something on a regular schedule . . . not necessarily a rigid schedule . . . but with some regularity, is very important. When you receive praise for your work, getting into that habit becomes easier, at least for me.
Remember, you can get sidetracked by life’s events. Some of them are just day-to-day living. Others are more intrusive. The death of a close family member or friend, a serious illness, or other event can knock you off track. But at your first opportunity, sit back down at your keyboard, cut out distractions, rub your hands together and start typing. Leave the daily grind behind and create your own world. Write something every day, if possible. If it isn’t possible, commit yourself to write with some regularity. Making it fun will make it easier.
Consider These Writing Habits is a monthly blog by Loconeal Mystery-Suspense author P. J. Grondin. Visit www.pjgrondin.com for a list of P. J. Grondin book signings and events.