- Don't be afraid to be a novice.This seems silly! But I've written four complete manuscripts, and I feel all of a sudden as if I don't know how to do it anymore. Yesterday, I googled 'the diagram of a plot' charts. I have a habit of marking certain milestones in my life as 'place I will never have to visit again' and struggling with how to write a book, at least in structure, was definitely one of them. I'm learning how silly that is. Don't be afraid to go back to square one. Google that shit. Be okay with feeling like it's day one again and you have no idea what you're doing.
- Set manageable goals! It used to be that I could turn out 5,000 words in a day. I don't know if it's my advancing age (haha) or that I'm growing as a writer and thinking more than spitting out words but. That sort of wordage in an eight hour period is no longer possible for me. Not without crying a lot (that's happened) and then being burned out for a week after. Learn to be okay with the way your writing shifts. What was possible for one book at one time may not be possible for another.
- Be alright with failure! I know that's a hard thing to stomach but sometimes you are just not going to write 500 words. Don't make yourself feel like you need to make up the difference the next day. I know Scrivener's word count goal things says you should, but really don't feel like you have to. Fuck that guy.
- Make a schedule! By that I don't mean schedule word count. I mean set aside blocks of time, try not to let them be interrupted (this isn't always feasible but!). If you have a whole day to write, block out what parts of those day you will use, put a limit on it. I don't always stick to schedules, but having them there gives me structure. I know exactly how many hours I can afford, what other things I need to do that day, and how much time I have to hit word count. Writing is your job, make sure to treat it like one!
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Somaiya Daud received her BA and MA from a university in DC in English. She is currently working on her PhD. When not writing or studying, she spends too much time on the internet yelling about comics and robots. Her first novel, Mirage, is coming 2017 from Flatiron Books.
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