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5 things to remember when your writing isn’t going to plan

Writing has its highs and lows. While I’d been doing quite well, my new job has taken over my time hugely, and so my writing isn’t quite going to plan. I’m behind on my self-imposed deadlines, and finding it harder and harder to fit it in day to day. Rather, I squeeze it in at the weekends, alongside all the other things like house work, seeing friends and family, and resting.

I know how common feelings of guilt and doubt are amongst writers, so I wanted to share these 5 things to remember when your writing isn’t going to plan.

It’ll get better
First and foremost; it’ll get better. These times are here to try us, but they don’t last. If you’re committed enough to even feel the guilt and worry when you’re behind on your writing, then you’re committed enough to get back to it and work through the struggles. I once took a whole year out of writing, and still managed to get back to it – so it DOES get better, I promise.

Even a little is enough
I’m a firm believer that a little every day is enough. And I’m becoming increasingly aware that a little ANYTIME is enough. You can only do what you can do, you can only spare the time you’ve got, and if you manage a little in those moments then you are still making progress.

You started, so you can finish
Starting is hard. Really hard. There’s so much that goes into writing a novel, and even diving in to write those first words takes bravery and a willingness to make mistakes. It’s the toughest part of the journey, and if you’ve managed that, you can finish it too.

You’re allowed a break
Really struggling? Just take a break. There’s no harm in taking a break from writing, in fact there can be great benefits to this too. And, most importantly, you need to be kind to yourself, and if that means easing some of the pressure, then do it!

You’re not alone
There is an amazing online writing community, full of people who understand the highs and lows. And when you join that community you realise you’re not alone. It can be easy to assume everybody is thriving but you, but actually, there will always be people in your position too. It’s really reassuring, and you’ll find so much support and encouragement.


How is your writing going? Share in the comments below!

Until then,
Keep writing (if, and when you can!)
M
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22 thoughts on “5 things to remember when your writing isn’t going to plan”

  1. I agree with your comments here. Sometimes live gets the better of us and we can only manage a bit of writing. I have had a 5 week run of sick family members – not just a little sick, life threateningly sick. I have just written 30 minutes a day as it helps to calm me down. Something is better than nothing and I think people who like to write get health benefits from it too.

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    1. I admire your ability to sustain writing despite the circumstances. I didn’t have that major of an obstacle but yet I didn’t feel like writing. I truly believe what you said – something is better than nothing. I think if all writers, especially those trying to make a breakthrough into the traditional publishing realm like me, are able to keep that in mind, writing would be so much more fun.

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      1. That’s something I want to re-adopt. I used to write for fun but as I aged, I started looking at writing as a side-career and I often forget to have fun….

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  2. This cannot be more relevant to what I’ve just experienced. Nothing major but I’ve not been writing for quite awhile. Only this week did I get back on track with my two novels, one for Wattpad. Your advice is so important. They’re pretty much common sense but the thing is, as writers, we often forget until we see such reminders in writing. Thank you for this post!

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  3. Good advice here… writing eventually has down times for me, when I feel the story isn’t working well and self-doubt gets stronger. And you’ve got to remember that those tough times will pass.

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  4. I had a writing rush in early June, so now I need to take a break to recharge. In the meantime, I’m trying to relax, and to spend more time outside – while my mind is taking a break, I can take care of my body.

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  5. Greetings from Pennsylvania. My writing is confined to my blog, which I started in 2015. For the first few years I published a story each week. But I couldn’t keep up that pace. Rather than fret about it, I adjusted to publishing two (or sometimes three) times per month. I’m fine with that.

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