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6 Reasons Writing Gives You Anxiety


YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR OWN STORY

Outline your book when you’re excited. The honeymoon phase will wear off. When you prepare in advance, you will remember why you’re telling your story during the boring phases of story creation.


During this period, build out your characters.


Immerse yourself into their world. And create an experience that you won’t forget.

YOU ARE JUDGING YOUR PEN GAME

It’s true, the longer you write the better you’ll get. However, every writer in history has started somewhere. The art of creating or spending time on your craft consistently will make you a better writer.


And don’t forget, your first draft is always trash.


Just keep creating.


WRITING STRESS OR VIOLENCE WITHOUT KNOWING YOUR REASON

Folks are already stressed in life. And writers are some of the most visually intense beings on earth. We can literally see events and situations play out in our minds.


But urban fiction, horror fiction, thriller fiction writers and more need to understand something very important. You will stress yourself out, at some point, if you write vicious, violent content without understanding the purpose.


Why are you taking your characters through this situation? If it’s just to entertain, and you find entertainment through the act of violence alone, then you’ll need to remind yourself about this on a repeated basis.


No judgment.


But if you choose to go deeper, focus back on the reason you are telling your story. Let’s say your main character is going through physical abuse, and the scene is graphic, perhaps reminding yourself about why the character is going through this situation will help.


You could use the intense scenes to convince your character to recognize true love when they finally see it.


Be sure to check in with your heart when you’re writing.


How do you feel? Do you need a break? Perhaps getting up and taking a walk, can remind you that you are not your character.


YOU PREFER TO LET YOUR PEN FLOW – NO OUTLINE

I don’t know about you, but I love life and I have things to do. There are people I want to meet and experiences to obtain.


I am a wife, a mother, a friend, an auntie, a coach and so much more.


And I don’t have time to be wasting on trying to find my way through a book that I started because I refuse to focus. It’s important for me to see the design before I write. And that means outlining.


Although brainstorming is a necessity, every writer’s room in Hollywood has a structure or guide to follow.


You should too.


IT’S TAKING TOO LONG

When your book is taking too long to complete it means one of two things. Either you are too impatient to allow the story to flow, or you haven’t scheduled time in your life to reach a certain word count.


There is a course that I created called, HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT WRITING. One of the things I broke down in that course, was the number of words you should focus on each section.


I did that because if you have a goal you can aim for, you’ll see your book done in a shorter amount of time.


Set a daily word count.


And stick to it!


YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Say you’re finished writing. Your book is edited. Your cover is done. Now what?


This is something you should have thought about before reaching this point. Is your website done? Do you have a relationship with libraries?


Plan your marketing strategy in advance, before you finish your book, because it will be waiting on you.


To get your book done in a shorter amount of time, check out HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT WRITING.



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