Authors Share Tips for Getting Disciplined with Your Writing

Thinking of a good story is hard, but writing – and finishing – a book is even harder. According to the New York Times, 81% of Americans want to write a book, but most will never let their literary ideas see the light of day.

Many of us like to believe that we have a story inside of us, just waiting to be told but only a select few know how to take the next step. An author needs motivation, dedication, and passion to bring a story to life. Some will cultivate an idea and bring it to the page, but not see it through to the end, while others won’t even get that far.

It’s time to change that. How do you go from being a writer with an idea to being an author with a finished book?

Watch the video below to learn how to jumpstart your writing career, get disciplined, and stay motivated until the very last page.

Transcription of authors giving advice for staying motivated when writing.

Cole Horton: Disciplined writing is hard. Working for yourself is always hard, working on your own pace is hard.

What I always have to do is I break it up into chunks, and I look at the total output I need to do– whether that’s pages or spreads or words, and I figure out how many days I have.

Kiki Prottsman: I schedule my writing, just like anything else. I put it on my calendar, and I make sure to really get in the head space.

Jason Fischer: Set aside time that is very specific and try to fulfill at least a minimum amount of time.

Daniel H. Wilson: Just do an hour. Write 500 words. Do it when you’re fresh. Move on, be happy. Eventually a novel will fall out of it.

Bryan Lee O’Malley: It’s good to have a space. I have a really nice office that I’ve been putting together over the last couple of years, just filling it with cool stuff that makes me feel comfortable. So that’s the best advice I can give– just have a nice space, have a little bit of quiet if you can or are blasting music that you like.

Christian Blauvelt: Listening to music can really help screen out external noise certainly, but it can allow you to really focus on the task at hand.

Landry Q. Walker: The right music that fits the mood of what I want to work on helps get the gears turning for the particular project.

Sarah Kuhn: I think it’s just about making it part of your life, making it a habit, making it something that you just do. A community of writers that I’m part of certainly helped a lot with that, because if you’re at a coffee shop and you have other people around you writing and you’re all getting work done, it helps you and motivates you to get the work done yourself instead of just checking Twitter five million times a day.

Sherri Smith: Really the best advice in writing is just to sit down and do it. And if you can train yourself to sit down at the same time every day, no matter what time of day that is, then your brain starts to go, OK, now it’s time to write because I’m in position. And that is probably the best way to just keep it going.

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