Why does it feel like such a chore to sit down and actually write? It’s that sense of dread that often leads to procrastination.
What if you actually enjoyed the writing process? Yes, it is possible!
It starts with the love of the story you’re writing, and a love of the characters. A curiosity and willingness to explore the world and the adventure. And a great sense of mischief, to put our charachers in all kinds of trouble.
But to actually love the process of writing takes something else too. It isn’t complicated. I think the fabulous author David Morrell, author of Rambo among many other New York Times’ Bestsellers said it best. I attended a workshop of his back in 2008. He reminded us that not everything we write is going to sell. So to keep that love of the book or story, and the process of writing we need to make a list of the following:
- Why the project is important to us.
- What is the theme? What are we trying to say with it?
- What do you, personally, want to get out of writing it? Maybe you want to work on your description, or character arc, or prove to yourself that you can write a certain amount in a given time-frame.
- What do you want to professionally, get out of writing it? Maybe this is the one that you will send to Asimov’s or Analog, or submit to agents.
- I’m also going to add in here, add to this list the reasons you write. Why you chose to become a writer, what or who inspired you to become a writer, and what you enjoy about it.
Keep this list handy, because there are going to be times, many times, when writing just isn’t fun, especially when you’re waiting for a response from a publisher or agent, or those rejections start piling up.