Gla·mour (n.) [in literary terms] ~ the feeling of excitement a writer experiences, when they imagine their brand, new novel idea in an idealistic way.
Every writer undergoes this stage at the beginning of the writing process.
When you get a brilliant vision for a story, you feel:
sensations of adrenaline run through your veins.
SUCCESS with your amazing idea;
boosts of inspiration
ultimately fuel your dreams, goals, and sparks
behind your prose.
And most notably,
you literally can’t stop THINKING about
your story idea.
When this euphoric part of the writing stage is triggered, it’s easy to go with the flow—until writer’s block invades your brain.
So how are you supposed to maintain the motivation to write?
Personally, I’m a person who loves visuals. And nothing satisfies me more than
Along with developing my story ideas, random character quotes usually pop into my head at some point.
So when I’m almost sun-dried of inspi-ray-tion, I find great pictures on Google, play with fonts on Pixlr, and apply my favorite quotes on these images.
Pinterest, is also perfect tool for writers who want to stay motivated. I love looking for pictures of my characters and pinning them to my boards. It keeps me occupied and coordinated.
❤ Music is love. Music is life. ❤
Check out my post here on how to: make a music playlist for your novel.
Another tip for maintaining motivation that you probably hear all the time, is that you should read ALOT.
I actually disagree with this.
But I’ll talk about that in a future post.
However, if I do read during this stage, I tend to read a few books ONLY in my story’s genre to brainwash myself in inspiration.
You should (if possible) visit someplace local or distant that reminds you of a scene in your story (obviously this won’t work if you’re writing a story in the Fantasy/Paranormal/Science-Fiction etc. genre though. Unless you want to go to Comic-Con or a museum).
When I change my surroundings, I find that it becomes easier to slip into my character’s shoes and see from her/his perspective a bit clearer.
My last tip for you is to
pen smaller written pieces (ex: short stories / flash fiction) if you get writer’s block, based on your main story. Using this method, you can delve into a character more deeply or a certain aspect in your setting. The possibilities are boundless. Who knows? You might even end up incorporating one of these mini works into your novel!
Thanks for reading!
I hope these tips help you, when you begin your journey.
And always remember—stay focused!!