Today on Musings from a Writer’s Brain, author Joanna White is sharing some writerly thoughts on challenges we authors face. Can you guess what our biggest challenge is?
A Writer’s Biggest Challenge
By Joanna White
What’s the biggest challenge writers face in the actual writing process (not counting editing and marketing your book, which are the two biggest for me)?
Procrastination. Oh man, this is so bad sometimes. There are all kinds of memes and jokes about it on the internet but every writer has to admit to procrastinating at some point or another and some do it too much.
So how do we overcome this issue? How do we sit down and write a book? The advice is just as simple as it is difficult: Sit down and write!
Sometimes, I know it’s an effort to put words to paper and invent new things, ideas, and end up with a story at the end of it. It can also be mentally exhausting sometimes. That sucks, but if you’re ever going to be a serious writer or a passionate one, then you just have to force yourself to do it.
What works for me (keep in mind, everyone is different) is setting a goal of a daily word count. I’ll say, “I’m going to write one chapter every day for this book.” With some books it’s “one chapter and each one is at least 1,000 words long.” Lately, it’s been at least 4 to 6000 words every day. Set a goal, do it, and try to at least write once every day. Even if your goal is “I’ll write a paragraph or one scene every day.” That’s still better than before. Don’t give up!
Keep trying and if you fail, don’t beat yourself up about it. The only way to fail at writing is to never write the book. If you wait for the perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done (from the Bible). And that’s also true with writing. If you always procrastinate, then your book is never going to get written.
Procrastination is a writer’s worse enemy but it can be overcome. You just have to set goals and have the determination to finish your story and never, ever give up.
While you’re procrastinating about writing or something else, check out the blurb from Joanna’s Christian Fantasy Shifter, with a little bit of clean romance. Shifter comes out July 1st, but there’s no need to procrastinate on a purchase because you can preorder now at Amazon and have the book delivered to your Kindle when it’s released.
By Joanna White
Beroan is a shapeshifter, part of the dragon clan. His clan’s Alpha, Sirath, wants to watch the world burn.
For ten long years Sirath has attacked villages, killing thousands of humans and burning towns to the ground. Beroan has had enough, but his resistance will only end in suffering.
Nsi is a human living in a small village with her grandmother and cousin. Her ignorance about the existence of shifters won’t protect her for long. Her family was killed in a dragon attack when she was younger, and now dragons have come again. Now she will stop at nothing until the dragon shifters are stopped, to save humans from suffering the same fate as her family.
Together, Nsi and Beroan will risk everything to save humanity from Sirath.
Darkness is spreading through the galaxy, Corrupting one world after another, and now it has come for theirs. Sirath already belongs to the Corruption of darkness.
He will not stop until he burns down the world and leaves it covered in fire and ash.
About the Author:
Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant series is her first published work, which first started off being updated on a website called Wattpad. She lives in the countryside of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her other upcoming books. Writing has been a passion since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd.