Five Ways To Stay Motivated When You’re Not Making Progress

Writer’s block is real. Every writer, at one point or another, has experienced this debilitating inability to make any real progress in his or her work.

A lack of progress can be discouraging for anyone, and sometimes it’s difficult to maintain the motivation needed to complete a long project.

If you’re not feeling motivated, it’s not a reflection of your abilities as a writer. Creativity can seem to ebb and flow according to its own schedule, and we all have to find a way to cope with the slow periods in anticipation of the next big spark.

Below are five ways to deal with writer’s block. Whenever I feel less than inspired, I start here.

I hope you can use these same strategies to stay motivated in your own writing when it seems as if you aren’t making any progress.

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Three Rules For Food in Your Fantasy Novel

Often I read fantasy novels that contain a lot of traveling whether it’s by foot, horse or sea. Your characters need to eat and one way to pull your reader out of your fantasy world is to write something so strange or unbelievable that they pause to wonder how that can be. One place that typically happens in a fantasy novel is when food is mentioned.

Below are three rules to avoid these mistakes and add some solid, commonsense detail to the food in your fantasy novel.

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Four Tips for Choosing the POV Character For Your Scene

In my last post, How To Bring Lift and Fluency to Each Scene In Your Novel, I explored how to make your scenes shine like the torchlight in a dark cave.

As you tackle your scenes you should be supporting the overall point of view the story is told. Point of view can be difficult. We all know that. It’s even harder when you’re using multiple POVs.

It’s an easy call when a POV character narrates a scene that features only non-POV characters. However, when one or more of the POV characters share a scene, who comes out on top? That is, which character’s POV are you in? Who’s narrating the action?

Here are four tips that have helped me make this critical decision. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.

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How To Bring Life And Fluency to Each Scene In Your Novel

In my last post, How To Build Suspense In Your Novel, I explored how to create the suspense in your novel but one of the points I mentioned was to focus on the scenes in your story.

As you dive into writing, you’ll likely be working scene by scene. When you tackle these discrete sections of text in your first, second or third round of edits, you’ll want to make sure each scene supports the overall development of your story.

Below are tips on how to bring life and fluency to each scene in your novel.

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How To Build Suspense In Your Novel

Over the past weeks, I posted mini-series for character development. I hope writers and authors took at least one or two things away from my advice. If you are unsure of what I am referring to, you can look at the last post of the series, and there are links to the other posts there.

As for this post, I wanted to roll-on from your well-rounded protagonist, you need to build suspense for you readers to finish your story. Suspense is a wonderful tool to evoke a strong emotional response from readers. Below are Three Suggestions to Build Suspense In Your Novel.

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How To Capture Your Character’s Appearance

My mini-blog series of character development has come to its last post. Here are all the previous factors if you’ve missed out.

  1. Backstory and Flashbacks
  2. Character’s Voice and Dialogue.
  3. Values and Beliefs
  4. Goals and Motivations

In the last post of character development, I will be discussing how to capture your character’s appearance.

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How to Create Your Characters Goals and Motivations

For the past few weeks, I have been doing a mini-blog series of character development – here are the links Backstory and FlashbacksCharacter’s Voice and DialogueHow To Build On Your Characters Values and Beliefs

In the first post of the series, I mention there are five important factors to consider building your character and a well-rounded character. These are (not in ascending importance level):

  1. Back-story and flashbacks
  2. Voice and Dialogue
  3. Beliefs and values
  4. Goals and motivations; and
  5. Physical traits.

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How To Build On Your Characters Values and Beliefs

Over the past few blogs, before my honeymoon, I have been doing a mini-blog series of character development – here are the links Backstory and FlashbacksCharacter’s Voice and Dialogue.

In the first post of the series, I mention there are five important factors to consider building your character and a well-rounded character. These are (not in ascending importance level):

  1. Back-story and flashbacks
  2. Voice and Dialogue
  3. Beliefs and values
  4. Physical traits; and
  5. Goals and motivations.

In this post, I will be looking at how to build on your character’s values and beliefs in your novel.

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Five Ways To Improve Your Character’s Voice and Dialogue

If you haven’t been following my blog, a few posts ago I mentioned my blog series focusing on character development for your novel.

If you missed the previous posts, you can find click on them here –

Backstory and Motivations

Below is the next post for my blog series on character development, ‘FiveWays to Improve your Character’s Voice and Dialogue.

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How to Properly Weave Backstory and Flashbacks Into Your Novel

In my last blog post, Five Qualities Every Character In Your Novel Needs To Possess, I mentioned I want to emphasize on character development for your novel.

In the last post, I skimmed over some important factors to consider building your character and mentioned there are five things to make a well-rounded character. These are:

  1. Voice
  2. Beliefs and values
  3. Physical traits
  4. Back-story and flashbacks (I added the flashbacks because it seemed to be a reoccurring device for character development); and
  5. Goals and motivations.

In this post, I will be interrogating the back story for your character/s. Below are things to consider before weaving your character/s back story and flashbacks into your plot.

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