There are always obstacles in anything that you do in life. So it's only fitting that I write this blog to share the hardest part about writing. I know what most of you are thinking, it's getting writer's block in the middle of writing a chapter. Well, guess what? For most authors, it's not writer's block, it's finishing the book in general.
When you have an idea, you brainstorm the idea, write down all of the chapters that you want for your book (you eventually delete some or add some to make the book better) and you start writing. Then life gets in the way, responsibilities, family, your job and/or career, you get caught up in a bunch of other things that keep you from getting back to what you were working on. Before you know it, you've lost your rhythm of what you were working on and you forget most of those ideas you originally had.
I've read numerous interviews on websites and read social media posts with authors who have said that finishing the book is the hardest part. I have plenty of friends who have started books and have never finished them. They let their own personal lives get in the way of finishing that first book they have. I'm not going to deny it, while I have already published 23 books to date, I was fortunate enough to have the time to write them as I always kept my goals in mind and stayed mentally focused.
Sometimes I come up with a plethora of excuses as to why I haven't finished a book but I know my determination factor. I've already published so many books so that motivates me to finish what I've started. My goal is to try and change the world, one book at a time. That's my moniker and I'm sticking to it.
The question is, how do you finish the book you've started? The best advice I can give people is to set days and times that they're going to write. Set a goal for the amount of pages you want to write or a certain amount of words you want to write that day. You can even set an amount of time you want to write and make sure you stick to that time. It's all about carving out time to write, that's how you finish your masterpiece.
It takes a lot of discipline and sacrifices to get what you want done. It's having that mental drive and intestinal fortitude to get it done. Even when you don't want to do it, you have to push yourself to get it finished. It becomes, how bad do you want to get that goal accomplished (well at least for me) and then I get the task completed. Think about that and you'll get things done, trust me.
Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!