But no words seem to show up.
What's up with that? You did everything right, so you sit for a while, waiting for inspiration. You may get a few words down, but the emptiness of the page is so daunting, you end up giving up. Maybe next year you'll be able to write your award winning novel you've been dreaming of.
Writing is Hard Work
Although there are days when you sit down and the words just seem to flow out of your fingers like water through a faucet, this is rarely the case. Some days, it will feel like you have to pry each and every word out of your mind in a slow, painstaking process. This is completely normal. Anyone who tells you writing is easy has never written anything before. While the process can be difficult, keep going. The reward in the end will make all of the torture worth it.
The Fix: Don't let a tough day of writing ruin the next days for you. Writing is a habit and it will get easier the longer you force yourself to write, but there will still occasionally be difficult days. Write what you can. After a while you will learn the difference between a difficult day and needing a break. But if you take a break from writing for the day, still make sure to do something writing related to keep you on track. Read a book in the genre you write, doodle some pictures of your characters, or print out your notes and make a visual representation of your plot on a wall or a big piece of poster board.
Lack of Time
At the beginning, it can be difficult to find enough time to write. Between cooking, cleaning, working out, working, and everything else we have to do during the day, finding a spare minute to sit down in peace and quiet can be impossible.
The Fix: Sit down with the family and let them know how important your goal is to you. Let them know that you will need 30 minutes to an hour of uninterrupted writing time, and when you are perched at your computer, you are off limits. If you have very small children that need constant attention, writing during nap time might be your only spare moments. That's okay! Even if you only write 200 words a day during the 15 minutes you have, you'll have a 73,000 word novel at the end of the year!
Stumbling over Plot Points
If you are trying to write a novel or novella, sometimes you can get so caught up in planning and world building that you never get any words written. While world building and notes are important, it is best to find a balance between writing and researching.
The Fix: Limit the amount of time you spend researching and world building and set a timer. Then set another timer for writing. You can also balance your writing to research time by devoting all of your writing time once or twice a week to any note taking necessary.
While getting started writing every day is not an easy task, anyone can do it. With a little know how, a little time, a place to write, and some friends or Facebook writing groups to keep you motivated, you too can learn to write every day. Although it might not seem like much at the time, a little goes a long way over time. My most important piece of advice: don't ever give up!